The Risks of Business Process Outsourcing: A Two-Fold Assessment in the German Banking Industry

Creators: Gewald, Heiko and Franke, Jochen
Title: The Risks of Business Process Outsourcing: A Two-Fold Assessment in the German Banking Industry
Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Electronic Finance : IJEF
Page Range: pp. 420-441
Date: 2007
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract: This paper tackles the question of whether the risks inherent in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) differ significantly from the risks of Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), and subsequently investigates which are the most salient risks inherent in BPO. By applying structured expert interviews and a quantitative survey among Germany's 200 largest banks, it turns out that the risk categories relevant to ITO and BPO are fundamentally the same, but differ in magnitude. Digging deeper into the risks associated with BPO, and using Perceived Risk Theory as a theoretical framework, we found that financial risks are most important to decision makers, followed by strategic and performance risks.
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Gewald, Heiko and Franke, Jochen (2007) The Risks of Business Process Outsourcing: A Two-Fold Assessment in the German Banking Industry. International Journal of Electronic Finance : IJEF, 1 (4). pp. 420-441. ISSN 1746-0069 (Print)

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