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"...and make no mistake about it-- the dominant force in offshoring is the wage differential between low- and high-wage nations."

Offshoring: Distance Matters

At the recent IT Breakfast held at UCD's Smurfit School of Business, Dr Erran Carmel and Dr Pamela Abbot reviewed emerging trends in Outsourcing and Offshoring IT Development and Services.

The event provided a welcome opportunity for discussion between industry and academia on current and emerging trends in outsourcing and offshoring IT development and services, and highlighted ongoing and future research directions in the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO).

The slides from the presentation are now available for download in PDF format from the Department web site here (n.b. 4.5M MB zip file).

Collaboration at UCD

The Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO) at UCD is actively involved in a number of research collaborations and on-going research proposals on a European level, with both private and public institutions. We hope to build a community of corporate partners around our researchers in order to facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of expertise.

We are also keen to hear if you have suggestions for research seminars based on areas of particular interest to you and your organisation, do contact us if you can recommend topics you would like to see developed at this level. You can contact us via the web, email, phone, and in person. Details at

We need your involvement!!

  1. Carmel’s class in June:

    MBA@Smurfit: Outsourcing and Offshoring  We are looking for guest speakers, or case study access!

  2. Workforce Development in the age of offshoring and outsourcing

    Taking part in an on-going study in the USA sponsored by the Society for Information Management (SIM).

    Extended to provide a corresponding study in Ireland/ Europe.

    We need companies for interviews. Confidentiality offered if desired.

  3. Survey on Managing Global Software Projects, click on link to download survey form in PDF format.

    Research carried out with University of Maryland and UCD Business Schools.

    We need organisations that provide offshore IT services and access to a history of projects and project experiences (survey instrument).

Speaker Biography

Erran Carmel:

Prof. Carmel's area of expertise is global software development. He studies globally dispersed software teams, offshore sourcing of IT work, and national policy issues surrounding software. His 1999 book Global Software Teams was the first on this topic. His recently published book "Offshoring Information Technology", covers a broad range of managerial issues related to offshore work.

He has written over 70 articles, reports, and manuscripts. He consults and speaks to industry and professional groups. He is a tenured Associate Professor at the business school at American University in Washington D.C. where he co-founded and led the program in Management of Global Information Technology (MoGIT).

He received his Ph.D., in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona; his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Pamela Abbott:

Pamela Abbott specialises in offshore software outsourcing with a particular interest in proximity-based models including nearshore. This was the major theme of her recently concluded doctoral programme at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has written and presented this material for various academic forums including the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). In her 8-year IT career, Pamela includes first-hand experience in nearshore software outsourcing in the Caribbean, her native home.

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