To outsource or not to outsource!

Umit S Bititci, Lesley Walls, Kathleen Geraghty, Hitesh Attri

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In this article we will take a look at the phenomena of outsourcing as an overarching business concept that is, in short, about contracting of a specific bit of our business to a third part organisation. Consequently, outsourcing is a natural part of the make, share or buy continuum, as illustrated in Figure 1. We would, therefore, argue that outsourcing is not a new business phenomena as it has been commonly practiced since the early times of industrialisation, even though recently it has been enjoying renewed attention fuelled by the globalising forces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • outsourcing
  • operations management
  • design engineering


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