The aim of the project was to define the operational determinants of IT outsourcing, using data of the ZEW ICT-survey and adequate statistically-econometric methods.

Central to this analysis was the question of whether there is a positive or a negative correlation between the equipment of companies with regard to information and communication technologies (ICT) and ICT-staffing on the one hand, and the decision to outsource IT-related services on the other hand. A positive correlation would allude to complementarities, i.e. a company would be able to deploy the outsourced IT-tasks itself, but uses IT-outsourcing as a mean of concentrating on its core competencies or higher-value tasks. A negative correlation means that a firm buys IT-tasks via outsourcing which it cannot conduct by itself, and, consequently, has to rely on other companies’ know-how. Detailed project results will soon appear here.


Förderkreis Wissenschaft und Praxis am Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.Förderkreis Wissenschaft und Praxis am Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung e.V., Mannheim, DE

Project duration

01.01.2010 - 30.06.2010

Project members

Dr. Jörg Ohnemus (Coordinator)


Digital Economy

Cooperation partner

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zwick, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, DE
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, DE