Although outsourcing is broadly recognized as a relevant and multi-faceted strategic choice, its actual outcomes are still debated. The frequency and the scope of outsourcing and offshoring have increased constantly during the last 20 years, along with their popularity, which has coincided with other ‘management fashions’ (Abrahamson & Fairchild, 1999) and similar ‘bandwagons’ (Staw & Epstein, 2000), like business process re-engineering, strategic focalization, creation of shared services, and corporate downsizing (De Fontenay & Gans, 2008; Gospel & Sako, 2010; Angeli & Grimaldi, 2010). Although the strategic and financial outcomes of outsourcing have been well documented (e.g. Marchegiani et al., 2012; Giustiniano et al., 2014) both the managerial practice and the extant literature still lack a set of consolidated managerial techniques capable of tackling some of the organizational issues related to outsourcing. Notwithstanding their variety, such issues can be grouped into two main categories: 1) the paradoxes of outsourcing, 2) management of the ‘liminal’ effects generated.

Outsourcing strategies and their performative dimensions: Is there still room for new managerial techniques? / Giustiniano, Luca. - (2015), pp. 1-4. ((Intervento presentato al convegno OAP 2015 - 5th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices Workshop tenutosi a Sydney, Australia nel December 7-8, 2015.

Outsourcing strategies and their performative dimensions: Is there still room for new managerial techniques?

GIUSTINIANO, LUCA
2015

Abstract

Although outsourcing is broadly recognized as a relevant and multi-faceted strategic choice, its actual outcomes are still debated. The frequency and the scope of outsourcing and offshoring have increased constantly during the last 20 years, along with their popularity, which has coincided with other ‘management fashions’ (Abrahamson & Fairchild, 1999) and similar ‘bandwagons’ (Staw & Epstein, 2000), like business process re-engineering, strategic focalization, creation of shared services, and corporate downsizing (De Fontenay & Gans, 2008; Gospel & Sako, 2010; Angeli & Grimaldi, 2010). Although the strategic and financial outcomes of outsourcing have been well documented (e.g. Marchegiani et al., 2012; Giustiniano et al., 2014) both the managerial practice and the extant literature still lack a set of consolidated managerial techniques capable of tackling some of the organizational issues related to outsourcing. Notwithstanding their variety, such issues can be grouped into two main categories: 1) the paradoxes of outsourcing, 2) management of the ‘liminal’ effects generated.
Outsourcing; managerial techiques, liminality, paradoxes
Outsourcing strategies and their performative dimensions: Is there still room for new managerial techniques? / Giustiniano, Luca. - (2015), pp. 1-4. ((Intervento presentato al convegno OAP 2015 - 5th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices Workshop tenutosi a Sydney, Australia nel December 7-8, 2015.
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