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Title: Outsourcing: 'Functional', 'fashionable', or 'foolish'?
Contributor(s): Hunter, James D  (author); Gates, G Richard (author)
Publication Date: 1998
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10942
Abstract: The growth in popularity of the outsourcing phenomenon is obvious, yet questions remain as to the rationale for its adoption. Is it a 'blinkered' decision made by managers looking for a 'quick fix' solution in order to meet performance objectives set by their masters; or a decision reached through critical analysis of all the dimensions encompassed by the outsourcing process? An examination of current management practice and research suggests that managers are ill prepared to undertake the critical assessment required to folly comprehend the dimensions of outsourcing. This paper discusses these issues and their implications, urging caution in the unquestioning adoption of management fads that are short on critical thought and long on ideological rhetoric.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ANZAM 1997: 11th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 4th - 7th December, 1997
Conference Details: ANZAM 1997: 11th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 4th - 7th December, 1997
Source of Publication: Management Theory and Practice: Moving to a New Era, p. 133-144
Publisher: Macmillan Education Australia
Place of Publication: South Yarra, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified
910402 Management
910405 Public Sector Productivity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/7154108
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