- Business mereology: imaginative definitions of insourcing and outsourcing transformations
- Number of pages
- Ithaca, NY: arXiv.org
- Document type
- Working paper
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Informatics Institute (IVI)
Outsourcing, the passing on of tasks by organizations to other organizations, often including the personnel and means to perform these tasks, has become an important IT-business strategy over the past decades.
We investigate imaginative definitions for outsourcing relations and outsourcing transformations. Abstract models of an extreme and unrealistic simplicity are considered in order to investigate possible definitions of outsourcing. Rather than covering all relevant practical cases an imaginative definition of a concept provides obvious cases of its instantiation from which more refined or liberal definitions may be derived.
A definition of outsourcing induces to a complementary definition of insourcing. Outsourcing and insourcing have more complex variations in which multiple parties are involved. All of these terms both refer to state transformations and to state descriptions pertaining to the state obtained after such transformations. We make an attempt to disambiguate the terminology in that respect and we make an attempt to characterize the general concept of sourcing which captures some representative cases.
Because mereology is the most general theory of parthood relations we coin business mereology as the general theory in business studies which concerns the full variety of sourcing relations and transformations.
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