Global Sourcing Research Interest Group (GS-RIG)

Research interest groups

The Centre organises events, seminars and workshops throughout the year which we share on the SBE Twitter page @LboroSBE with the hashtag #CGSSseminar. These include the following:

Upcoming Events: 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Semiotics in Information System Outsourcing Research.
Speaker: Professor Ilan Oshri. Ilan is a professor of Technology and Globalisation in the School of Business and Economics. Ilan’s work is published in leading academic journals, he is a regular speaker at industry events, and a contributor to various professional magazines. He is also the co-founder of the Global Sourcing Workshop (www.globalsourcing.org.uk).
Date: 24th May
Location: BE2.47
Time: 12.30-14:00

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: See-through supply chains: what does transparency mean for construction projects?
Speakers: Professor Jacqui Glass FCIOB and Asselya Katenbayeva.
Jacqui is Chair in Architecture and Sustainable Construction, and Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. Professor Glass has published over 120 papers and supervised 20 doctoral students to completion. Jacqui also leads the APRÈS network of over 350 members, to promote responsible sourcing in construction (http://apres.bre.co.uk/).
Date: 31st May
Location: TBC
Time: 12.30-14:00

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Speaker: Brian Nicholson
Brian Nicholson is Professor of Information Systems. Brian’s research has resulted in has resulted in several influential publications in international journals and three books. Current research projects are within the Socially Responsible Outsourcing Unit and others focusing on a socio technical view of ICT for development.
Date: 21st June
Location: SMB002
Time: 12.30-14:00

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Here come the robots: Perspective of Automation Platform in Service Outsourcing
Speakers: Hongwei Yu. Doctoral Researcher in International Business, Strategy and Innovation with the School of Business and Economics. Hongwei joined the Global Sourcing Research Interest Group as a PhD student in 2016. Prior to his research programme, he received both BSc and MSc in Business from Aston University. His research interests include continuous improvement, automation platform and information system adaptability within the service outsourcing context.
Date: 5th July
Location: BE2.47
Time: 13:00-14:00

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: The dark side of knowledge overlaps: a provider perspective
Speaker: Jade Wendy Brooks. Jade is a Doctoral Researcher in International Business, Strategy and Innovation with the School of Business and Economics. Jade joined the Global Sourcing Research Interest Group as a PhD student, in October 2013, after being awarded a research studentship. Her research interests include globally distributed work; control; knowledge overlaps and paradoxical tensions.
Date: 26th July
Location: TBC
Time: 13:00-14:00

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Speakers: Dr Will Venters
Dr Will Venters is currently Assistant Professor of Information Systems at London School of Economics. Will has an international reputation for his work in distributed systems development, Grid and Cloud Computing and Knowledge Management. Will publishes in a range of highly regarded International journals including; Journal of Management Studies, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management Research & Practice.
Date: 18th October
Location: TBC
Time: 12.30-14:00

 

Recent activities:

External Event: 11th Global Sourcing Workshop, 2017

Date: 22-25th February 2017
Location: Planibel Hotel, La Thuile, Italy
Organizers: Ilan Oshri, Julia Kotlarsky and Leslie Willcocks
Website: http://www.globalsourcing.org.uk/

 

External Event: Symposium on Work-based Learning: Opportunities for Alternative Sourcing Models

Topic: This event will bring together a range of parties to consider how the business support service industry can offer developmental work experience to young people undergoing higher education to achieve work-readiness.
Date: 8th December

 

External Event: Salford University CIPD conference on Shared Services

Topic: Ian Herbert and Jason McGovern (M&S) will talk about the opportunities for SSCs to be key players in the development of data analytics (IH & JM will present at 9.30am).
Date: 22nd November

  

External Event: SSON Conference Shared Services in Higher Education

Topic: Ian Herbert will present a view of work-based learning that could provide a partnership between SSCs, universities and governments to give students formative work experience and mitigate debt on graduation. #via Skype
Date: 21-22nd November

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: As plain as the nose on your face – sharing savings money but not it seems in Scottish public services
Speaker: David Heneghan. David is an award winning leader with extensive business and culture transformation experience in a variety of blue chip organisations and in the public sector.
Date: Thursday 10th November, 2016

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Event: China-UK Exchange Seminar – Global Sourcing: Where Next?
Topic: We are pleased to welcome our distinguished guests from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce as well as Kathy Pain from Reading University for an event considering global sourcing trends.
Date: Wednesday 9th November, 2016
More information: [please insert link to the Event page on the micro-site]

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Shared Service Centre Performance Measures: The Case of Tarmac
Speaker: Maria Chumak. Maria is a recent MBA graduate from Coventry University Business School (MBA International Business with distinction) and a Performance Analyst with Tarmac SSC.
Date: Wednesday 2nd November, 2016

 

External Event: UK's Financial Centres of Excellence Conference:

Topic: This high profile event will showcase the UK’s leading-edge expertise in financial services. Ian Herbert and Ilan Oshri will be members of an expert panel debating sourcing trends and future directions ‘post-Brexit’.
Date: 31st October, 2016

 

Asia-Pacific Global Sourcing Conference

Date: 23-25 September 2016
Location: Renmin University, Beijing, China

 

Global Sourcing Loughborough-Aston Research Seminar

Title: Contemporary Issues in IT and Business Process Outsourcing
Speakers: Professor Suzanne Rivard (HEC Montreal, Canada), Professor Benoit Aubert (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), Professor Ilan Oshri (Loughborough University, UK) and Julia Kotlarsky (Aston University, UK), Professor Ravishankar M.N. (Loughborough University, UK).
Date: Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Location: Aston Business School

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Making Innovation Work - a Point of View
Speaker: Tony Morgan. Tony Morgan has over 25 years experience in the IT industry. His most recent role was IBM’s Client Chief Innovation Officer for Strategic Outsourcing in Europe, where he was responsible for driving innovation partnerships, projects and related activities with IBM's IT sourcing clients and account teams.
Date: Wednesday 1st June, 2016

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Who is in Control in Crowdsourcing Initiatives? An Examination of the Case of Crowdmapping
Speaker: Amany Elbanna. Amany Elbanna is a senior lecturer in Information Systems at Royal Holloway University of London
Date: Wednesday 4th May, 2016

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Sharing Services, Saving Money? Five Risks to Cost Saving when Organisations Share Administrative Services
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Elston. Thomas is a postdoctoral research fellow working in the field of public administration and executive government. He joined the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, in 2013 having previously studied at the Universities of Durham and Nottingham.
Date: Wednesday 24th February, 2016

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: An Exploration of the Sustainable Food Sourcing Challenges: The case of Greek Agricultural Supply Chain Producers
Speaker: Stella Despoudi. Stella Despoudi is Lecturer at Coventry University’s Business School in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Her research lies in the area of supply chain management with a particular focus on sustainable supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, supply chain resilience, food supply chain management, food waste, food losses, food sustainability and food security research fields.
Date: Wednesday 2nd March, 2016

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Motivation in Advanced Services Offshoring: A Microfoundations Perspective
Speaker: Elias Gerogiannis – Doctoral Student
Date: Wednesday 27th February, 2016

 

The 10th Global Sourcing Workshop:

Date: 16-19th February 2016
Description: The workshop aims to explore how new and emerging forms of outsourcing and offshoring challenge sourcing practices and theories, and consequently identify new directions for research and practice: http://www.globalsourcing.org.uk/workshop/
Organisers: Ilan Oshri, Julia Kotlarsky and Leslie Willcocks.
Location: Val d'Isere, France

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Regulating Client-Vendor Information Exchange: An Information Brokering Perspective
Speaker: Jade Wendy Brooks – Doctoral Student
Date: Wednesday 10th February, 2016

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Relational Governance in Services Plural Sourcing
Speaker: Teddy Odibo – Doctoral Student
Date: Wednesday 16th December, 2015

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Third Party Governance and Risk Management: Turning Risk to Opportunity
Speaker: Sanjoy Sen. Sanjoy is a former partner of Deloitte, who is currently on an academic sabbatical as a doctoral research scholar at Aston Business School, UK. He specialises in outsourcing/offshoring of Information Technology and Business Processes and the Extended Enterprise. This includes a specific focus on strategic governance and risk management in this area, working part-time as head of Third Party Risk research at Deloitte UK.
Date: Wednesday 9th December, 2015

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Cloud and Community - The Future of Shared IT Services
Speaker: Martin Hamilton. Martin Hamilton works for Jisc in London as their resident Futurist. Martin’s job is to look for opportunities to use digital technologies to help the UK’s research, education and skills communities, and help the UK to remain at the global digital forefront. Martin leads on Jisc’s horizon scanning activity, and recently co-authored an influential report on the future of cloud computing.
Date: Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Crocodiles in the Regulatory Swamp: Navigating the Dangers of Outsourcing, SaaS and Shadow IT 
Speaker: Dr Daniel Gozman. Daniel is a Lecturer in Management and Information Technology at Henley Business School. Since 2009, he has focused on understanding how Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) activities are underpinned by technology with a specific focus on the intersection between regulatory change, information systems and capital markets.
Date: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: What is ‘Global’ about Global Work? Global-Local Tensions in Expatriate Management in Singapore
Speaker: Dr Sophie Cranston. Sophie Cranston is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University. She researches migration, global identities and the business practices that underpin these.
Date: Wednesday, 14th October, 2015

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title: Responsible sourcing in the UK construction industry – “is it legit?”
Speaker: Professor Jacqueline Glass. Jacqueline is chair in Architecture and Sustainable Construction, and Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of Civil and Building engineering at Loughborough University.
Date: Thursday, 24th September, 2015

 

Global Sourcing RIG Seminar:

Title:  Symbiotic sourcing – The killer strategy for 21st century organisations
Speaker: Chris Halward
Date: Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: Exploring the effects of liminality on corporate social responsibility in inter-firm outsourcing relationships
Speakers: Professor Brian Nicholson, Ryerson University, USA
Date: Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title:  Outsourcing or multi-sourcing are you prepared for a change
Speakers: 
Richard Cribb and Gill Perry, Ofsure Ltd
Date: 
Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

 

MBA Masterclass:

Title:  Unbundling and the disaggregation of business support activities: The case of the finance function
Speakers: Philip Cooper, Ian Herbert and Will Seal
Date: Thursday, 26th February 2015

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: TBC
Speaker: Jade Brooks (PhD student) 
Date: TBC: either the 7th or the 14th January 2015

 

CGSS Seminar:

Impact of Task Inter-dependence on Vendor’s Effort in the Multi-sourcing Arrangements
Speaker: Xiaowei Jin (PhD student) 
Date: Wednesday, 10th December 2014

CGSS Seminar:

Title: TBC
Speaker: Teddy Odibo (PhD student) 
Date: Wednesday, 26th November 2014

CGSS Seminar:

Title: Public sector ethos and private sector legitimacy: The paradox of political and managerial rationalities in a shared service organisation
Speakers: Ian Herbert and Rhoda Brown 
Date: Wednesday, 12th November 2014

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: The Evolution of Legal Process Outsourcing: Where is the Tipping Point?
Speaker: Andrew Burgess 
Date: Wednesday, 5th November 2014

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: Using mixed methods to investigate professional careers in shared service centres
Speaker: Stephanie Lambert (PhD student) 
Date: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: Finance and accounting shared services & outsourcing industry in Malaysia: Issues and challenges
Speaker: Aini Aman 
Date: Thursday, 16th October 2014

 

CGSS/Aston Business School Research Seminar:

Title: Contemporary Issues in IT and Business Process Outsourcing
Speakers: Click on link above for a full seminar schedule 
Location: Aston Business School, Aston Conferences, Room 3 
Date: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: A Sociomaterial Perspective on Coordination: The Mangle of Practice in the Temporal Emergence of a Grid Infrastructure
Speaker: Dr Will Venters, London School of Economics (LSE) 
Date: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: Commissioning in Sickness and in Health: Reforming the NHS
Speaker: Dr Katy Mason, Lancaster University
Date: Wednesday, 19th March 2014

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: Digital Transformation and its implication on daily life
Speaker: Mr Srikanth Iyengar, VP and UK Head, Infosys
Date: Tuesday, 18th March, 2014

 

CGSS Seminar:

Title: The Future of the Enterprise and the Role of IT Outsourcing
Speaker: 
Alexander Reay, President at Nordic IT Outsourcing and Software Development Association
Date: Thursday, 20th February, 2014

 

CGSS Speaker Series (2:)

Title: How Do Firms Make-and-Buy? The Case of Legal Services Sourcing by Fortune 500 Companies
Speaker: 
Professor Mari Sako, Saïd Business School
Date: Wednesday, 22nd January, 2014

 

CGSS Speaker Series (1):

Title: Heterogeneity in Governance Choices: The Role of Firm and Population Dynamics
Speaker: Professor Silvia Massini
Date: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

 

CGSS Brown Bag Seminar:

Title: Towards Understanding Service Provider’s Costs in Different Multi-Sourcing Configurations 
(A Research-in-Progress, Conceptual Paper)
Speaker: 
Xiaowei Jin
Date: Thursday, 21st November 2013

 

CGSS Brown Bag Seminar:

Title: Understanding Backsourcing from a Knowledge Perspective
Speaker: Kayode Ejodame
Date: Wednesday, 18th September 2013

 

CGSS Brown Bag Seminar:

Title: Actor-based management and captive shared services: a model for creative governance in the SME sector?
Speaker: Professor Will Seal
Date: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

 

CGSS Brown Bag Seminar:

Title: The Charging Method of Support Services Provided By Shared Service Centres
Speaker:
 Fiona (Ye) Lu
Date: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

 

Centre for Global Sourcing and Services Launch Event

Date: October 16, 2012: Holywell Park, Loughborough University, Loughborough. More details will be available shortly.
Centre Introduction Video from Professor Angus Laing (Dean of the School of Business and Economics)

Download the event presentations below:

  1. Graham Barnes: Why and how we became a mutual (pdf)
  2. Noel Cullen: Optimal Governance Session (pdf)
  3. Chris Deery: Global Sourcing & Services (pdf)
  4. Mark Lewis:      The Challenges to Offshore Outsourcing (pdf)The Challenges to Offshore Outsourcing full document (pdf)
  5. Captive Centres: Trends and Strategic Manoeuvres (PowerPoint)
  6. Relevance Regained (PowerPoint)

 

Alternative Sourcing Strategies, National Outsourcing Association (NOA)

Date: Thursday 13th September 2012 
Venue: Hosted by Hudson & Yorke at The Lincoln Centre, 18 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3ED 
Captive shared service strategies - Ilan Oshri, School of Business and Economics