Journal article

Rules of engagement: Testing the attributes of distant outsourcing marriages

P Tombesi, B Dave, B Gardiner, P Scriver

Architectural Engineering and Design Management | Published : 2007

Abstract

In the space of a few years, the provision of architectural services that rely on the digital outsourcing of documentation responsibilities to other firms—often located offshore in areas of the world with lower labour costs—has come to the forefront of the restructuring debate of the architectural sector. Today, the discussion about digital outsourcing cannot be reduced to the simple exploitation of rent differentials between distinct socio-economic and professional worlds. It must also reflect and examine the objective extension of the transactional market of architectural practices, where firms can reorganize their production strategically across a vast territory to remain sustainable or c..

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