An exploratory case study of offshore outsourcing within downstream structural steel engineering services

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dc.contributor Back, W. Edward
dc.contributor Hilton, Chad B.
dc.contributor.advisor Grau, David Salunke, Rakesh 2017-03-01T14:41:49Z 2017-03-01T14:41:49Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000615
dc.identifier.other Salunke_alatus_0004M_10624
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Although the offshore outsourcing trend continues to grow in the Architectural Engineering and Construction industry, research on the downstream design services has been fairly limited. In this thesis, we investigate downstream structural steel engineering services offshored from the United States to India. Employing ethnographic data collection method, we conduct face-to-face semi-structured interviews and telephonic interviews of US client and Indian vendors. Supporting evidences are gathered from multiple sources of data such as process checklists, minutes of meetings, and sample documents. Data analysis reveals 6 key constructs and 16 sub-constructs that address the issues and areas of concerns associated with offshore outsourcing of downstream design services. The key constructs include unrealistic contractual obligations, lack of constructability focus, inefficient design information exchange, technology interoperability issues, virtual team misalignment and internal team misalignment. We further assess our constructs' validity by testing for matching patterns between observed constructs and organizational theories--Institutional theory, Transaction Cost Economics (TCE) theory and Resource Based (RB) theory. Based upon the observed matching patterns we show that these theories can be used to understand the issues and problems arising due to off shoring of downstream design services. Through this theoretical categorization we generalize our findings across a wide spectrum of downstream engineering disciplines in the AEC industry. This research characterizes the offshore outsourced downstream structural steel engineering services and provides understanding of the critical problems and issues prevailing under the attractive surface benefits within offshore outsourced downstream design services.
dc.format.extent 124 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Civil Engineering
dc.subject.other Organization Theory
dc.subject.other Cultural Resources Management
dc.title An exploratory case study of offshore outsourcing within downstream structural steel engineering services
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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