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A Practical Framework for Understanding the Outsourcing Process

McIvor, Ronan (2000) A Practical Framework for Understanding the Outsourcing Process. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 5 (1). pp. 22-36. [Journal article]

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13598540010312945


Over the last number of years, outsourcing has become an important issue for many organisations. The potential for outsourcing has moved from peripheral activities such as cleaning and catering to critical activities such as design and manufacturing. However, there is evidence to suggest that organisations are not achieving the desired benefits from outsourcing. Outsourcing decisions are rarely taken within a thoroughly strategic perspective with many firms adopting a short‐term perspective and being motivated primarily by the search for short‐term cost reductions. The aim is to illustrate that outsourcing should be carried out from a strategic perspective and integrated into the overall strategy of the organisation by proposing an outsourcing framework. The framework attempts to overcome some of the problems associated with outsourcing by integrating a number of key strands related to outsourcing including a value chain perspective, core competency thinking and supply base influences into the decision‐making process.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Outsourcing, Value chain, Supply chain, Benchmarking, Core competences
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of International Business
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:37638
Deposited By: Professor Ronan McIvor
Deposited On:10 May 2017 13:07
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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