Outsourcing Forensic Investigations

The academic field of inter-organizational relations also called Business-to-Business Marketing or Purchasing is really getting very interesting. Consider the outsourcing of Forensic investigations. The State of Georgia has sent out 7000 cases for investigation to crime labs in Louisiana etc. as there was a huge backlog. The current concern is that as legal processes move forward the costs of flying in witnesses will add to the cost of outsourcing. Will the testimony processes of courts change ? Will video conferencing become "legal" ? Will the judicial system and the bar of one state be able to collaborate electronically with another state ? Will such collaboration be more or less costly than the costs of flying in witnesses ? I can literally see transaction cost economists and a host of other legal and inter-organizational scholars enjoying investigating these questions…

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