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Bentley Provost Seminar Series Presents Lecture on Outsourcing and Offshoring Dec. 2, 2005

November 1, 2005

As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society, the Bentley Provost Seminar Series presents Rudy Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Louisiana State University, who will examine the practice of outsourcing and offshoring on Friday, December 2, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in LaCava 325. A luncheon reception will follow.


Outsourcing, as a means of meeting organizational IT needs, is now a commonly accepted and growing practice that continues to evolve. Hirschheim will discuss the lessons learned from a study of more than 100 organizations that have engaged in outsourcing and offshoring in the past 17 years. He will also examine how outsourcing "is morphing" into offshoring and what its long-term effects might be.


Hirschheim has previously been on the faculties of McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), the London School of Economics, and Templeton College at the University of Oxford. He has also worked as a senior consultant with the National Computing Centre in Manchester, England. He was the Tenneco/Chase International Professor of Information Systems in the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, and past Director of the Information Research Center.


During a 1996 sabbatical, he was the Sir Walter Scott Distinguished Visiting Professor, Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales. In 2001, he was the Ludwig Erhard Professor at the University of Byreuth in Germany. He has a PhD in Information Systems from the University of London.

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