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Provost Seminar Series Examines Multi-Year Offshoring Research Network (ORN) Project, Oct. 20

September 27, 2006

The fifth annual Bentley College Provost Seminar Series continues on October 20 with Arie Y. Lewin, who will discuss research findings of an international, multi-year offshoring research project (ORN) tracking the diffusion of offshoring practices, on Friday, October 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Center 125 AB. A luncheon will immediately follow.

The research involves U.S. and European Union companies and has been tracking the diffusion of offshoring practices in finance and accounting, contact centers, business processes, engineering, product development, human resources, procurement and other areas.

The ORN Project has completed the third annual survey and initial findings related to the role information and communication technology plays in enabling the diffusion of human capital, and leads to the emergence of new hybrid organizations. Booz Allen Hamilton is the lead corporate sponsor. *In 2004-2005, the research was sponsored by Archstone Consulting.

Lewin is Professor of Business Administration and Sociology at Duke University. He is Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and founding Editor-in-Chief of Organization Science (1989-1998). He is the lead principal investigator of the multi-year international Global Sourcing Research Initiative of administrative and technical work in the US, Benelux countries, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain, and the UK. His overall research interests centers on strategic renewal of organizations and adaptive capabilities that distinguish between innovating and imitating organizations.

Pre-registration is required for the event. Please RSVP for the seminar and reception to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at 781.891.2471 or email:

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