Rouse, Anne 2006, Explaining I.T. outsourcing purchasers' dissatisfaction, in PACIS 2006 : 10th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems : ICT and innovation economy : abstract : PACIS 2006, 6th - 9th July 2006, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, PACIS, Singapore, pp. 1-14.
Outsourcing of IT is a popular strategy, argued by proponents to deliver a range of benefits including cost savings, increased service quality, and strategic advantages. However, empirical evidence of the success of outsourcing is limited, and several recent studies have suggested widespread dissatisfaction exists amongst purchasers. This paper analyses one such study to determine predictors of outsourcing satisfaction (and dissatisfaction). The analysis reveals that, for purchasers, IT outsourcing satisfaction and perceived value (which are highly correlated) depend on whether strategic benefits are obtained, and on the technical service quality provided by vendors. Both in turn depend on whether expected cost savings are obtained. The implications of these findings for both vendors and purchasers are discussed.