Boundary Objects and Internal Control in Outsourced ISD Projects: Results of a Pilot Study

Sonia Gantman
2011 Americas Conference on Information Systems  
Control of outsourced IT projects is an important topic in several research disciplines. This study brings together two approaches from auditing and IS literature in order to obtain deeper understanding of control mechanisms in complex outsourced IT projects. It is proposed that communication tools, viewed as "boundary objects", are also useful for implementing control functions, such as risk assessment and performance monitoring. To test this proposition, field data will be collected from
more » ... ers of complex outsourced IT projects through an online survey instrument. This paper presents the results of pilot survey data analysis. The data suggest that different types of communication tools are suited to support different control objectives. Another observed pattern is that the number of different tools in use and requirements for specific tools in the outsourcing contract are negatively associated with project success.
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