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We are pleased to release this Call for Papers for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Global Sourcing Conference, which will be held on September 14-16, 2018 in Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.

The conference will aim 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. The conference aims to bring together viewpoints from various disciplines, including information systems, international business, operation management and strategy on global sourcing of IT, Business Services and Innovation.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Rauscher Pierce Refsnes Chair in Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Jarvenpaa is known for her academic leadership in inter-organisational research, focusing on collaborative modes including outsourcing. To learn more about her work and publications please visit:

Paper Track:

We invite research articles, work in progress and ‘focus on practice’ papers that investigate topics relating to global outsourcing and offshoring. Some of the specific themes that are of interest include:

  • Sourcing decision making
  • Sourcing configurations (multi-sourcing, plural sourcing, supplier networks, eco-systems)
  • Relational and contractual governance issues
  • Supplier and client capabilities and competences
  • Automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain
  • Innovation through outsourcing
  • Cultural and social issues
  • Knowledge issues in outsourcing
  • Impact sourcing
  • Cloud services (as service economy)
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Repatriation/backsourcing

We are interested in papers that are both conceptual and empirically based.

Selected papers from the conference will be published as book chapters in Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (by Springer).

PhD Research in progress

We also invite PhD students to present their research in progress on topics relating to global sourcing as listed above. This track will mainly focus on providing constructive feedback to PhD students and helping them to develop their ideas further as part of their PhD training.

Important Dates

  • May 30th 2018: Registration opens
  • June 8th 2018: Deadline to submit extended abstract
  • June 22nd 2018: Notification of accepted extended abstract
  • August 1st 2018: Early registration deadline
  • September 14-16 2018: Conference

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Extended abstracts should be in English, between 800-1000 words and should include:

  • Motivation of the study & research question(s)
  • Theoretical conceptualization / literature review
  • Research method
  • Empirical base/results
  • Main conclusions

All submissions should be sent in MS Word format to: with 'Abstract submission APGSC 2018' as the subject of the e-mail and a clear indication whether this is a PhD Research in Progress or Paper Track.


Registration will start in May 2018. We will circulate information about the method to pay fees.

Early registration fees by August 1st are US$100(¥650) per person which include a reception, two light lunches, and one dinner.

Late registration (from August 1st onwards) is US$150(¥950).

Conference venue

Business School, Renmin University of China, 59 Zhongguancun St. Beijing, China.


There are two four-star hotels near the conference venue. Participants should make your own reservations as early as possible, through your preferred online travel agency or use Ctrip:


Ariva Beijing West Hotel & Serviced Apartment, Address: 36 South Haidian Road (Haidian Nan Lu). It is the closest one, only about 10 minutes walking distance from the conference venue, which is near the west gate of Renmin University.


Beijing Yanshan Hotel,Address: A-38 Zhongguancun Street (Zhongguancun Dajie). The hotel is almost right across from the east gate of Renmin University, about 25 minutes walking distance from the conference venue.

Workshop Organizers

Prof. Ji-Ye Mao, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

Prof. Julia Kotlarsky, Aston Business School, United Kingdom

Prof. Ilan Oshri, Loughborough Centre for Global Sourcing and Services, United Kingdom