Whitepaper: A Comparative Test Of The Efficiency, Focus And Learning Perspectives Of Outsourcing

by INSEADJan 01, 2008

Corporations appear to increasingly rely on outsourcing. In spite of the widespread use of outsourcing as an activity, outsourcing has not received extensive attention in strategy research. Perhaps this is due to the commonly held view that vertical integration and outsourcing are two sides of the same coin: when vertical integration is not needed, then outsourcing imposes itself. This paper published by INSEAD defines outsourcing as the act of transferring to another firm an activity that used to be conducted in-house, and, by extension, the resulting state of not conducting that activity in-house anymore.