26-27 November 2003
ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition
Institute of Innovation Research (IoIR),
10th Floor Harold Hankins Building,
Booth Street West,
IT outsourcing and management consultancy services are two areas that have shown remarkable growth in recent years. Moreover, these services are provided in increasingly complex inter-organisational arrangements, with, for example, the emergence of 'mega-contracts' for IT services and 'business process outsourcing' in the area of consulting. This workshop has two aims. First, it seeks to explore the influence of a country's institutional arrangements on the evolution of knowledge intensive services - namely, the IT (software and computer services) sector and the management consulting services sector. Secondly, it aims to analyse the implications for organizational performance and for questions regarding the boundaries, control and co-ordination of the modern enterprise. For example, suppliers of IT and consulting services are often locked in to the business strategy of their client firms, suggesting that the nature of the inter-organisational relationship (contractual and interpersonal) plays a key role in shaping organizational performance. Moreover, the extent to which performance is evenly distributed among clients and suppliers may vary, reflecting market position (power), the strength of trusting relations (risk) and the wider institutional environment.
CRIC has combined with PREST to form the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR).
New book: Trust in Food, A Comparative and Institutional Analysis by Unni Kjaernes, Mark Harvey & Alan Warde.
CRIC Final Report to ESRC:"Main Report" and "CRIC Performance Indicators 1997-2006".
'Instituted Or Embedded? Legal, Fiscal and Economic Institutionalisation of Markets' by Mark Harvey
'Beyond Efficiency and Market Shares: Competition within the Finnish Games Industry' by Mirva Peltoniemi
'Accounting for Economic Evolution: Fitness and the Population Method' by Stan Metcalfe
'Innovation and Final Consumption: Social Practices, Instituted Modes of Provision and Intermediation' by Andrew McMeekin & Dale Southerton
'Alfred Marshall’s Mecca: Reconciling the Theories of Value and Development' by Stan Metcalfe