The Contracting Organization: A Strategic Guide to Outsourcing

Paperback | November 1, 1998

bySimon Domberger

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When should organizations contract out services traditionally produced in-house? Is outsourcing another ephemeral management fad, or is it an efficient and effective means of delivering sevices and of adding value? What are the characteristics of strategically sound contracting decisions, andhow can organizations prosper from the outsourcing revolution? These questions are among those tackled by Simon Domberger. Based on over a decade of research and consulting experience, its conclusions have many practical implications. The book develops an analytical decision-making framework for the assessment of contracting options, and has relevance in boththe private and public sectors. Containing a wealth of illustrations and over 25 case studies, the coverage is fully international. Over 50 companies and public sector organizations are discussed, including well-known names such as Microsoft, BP, Marks and Spencer, and Samsung. This book will be valuable to all those seeking a better understanding of the outsourcing phenomenon, and useful to managers, strategists, management and business consultants, public sector administrators, policy makers, as well as to students of economics, business, management and publicadministration. Pre-publication Endorsements John Kay, Said Business School Oliver Hart, Harvard University Rob Grant, Georgetown University

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When should organizations contract out services traditionally produced in-house? Is outsourcing another ephemeral management fad, or is it an efficient and effective means of delivering sevices and of adding value? What are the characteristics of strategically sound contracting decisions, andhow can organizations prosper from the outso...

Simon Domberger is Professor of Management at The Graduate School of Business, University of Sydney, Australia. In addition to numerous academic appointments, he has also worked as a market analyst, statistics officer and research associate. He writes a regular column for the leading Australian business daily.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198774575

ISBN - 13:9780198774570

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Table of Contents

Part I: Organizations and Markets1. Why make when you can buy?2. The shifting boundaries of organizationsPart II: Benefits and Costs3. The benefits of contracting4. The costs of contractingPart III: Contracting Strategies5. Specialization6. Value capture7. Control and flexibility8. Organizational changePart IV: Structural Change9. Public sector contracting10. Contracting and the service economy11. The future of contracting12. ConclusionsGlossary100 key business concepts associated with contracting, outsourcing, and strategy

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"...well presented analytical decision-making framework for assessing the contracting options which are relevant to both private and public sectors" Long Range Planning, October 1999, Vol 32