Outsourcing: a Theoretical Viewpoint

Aoife O'Riordan, Edward Sweeney, Austin Smyth

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Outsourcing or offshoring as it is now known has been around for many decades. In the beginning, it was only very peripheral activities that were outsourced, i.e. blue-collar (lower skilled) work but this is now all changing with the outsourcing of white-collar jobs. The digital revolution, the falling costs of transport and telecom costs and the opening up of the global economy helped the outsourcing market. For companies going down or contemplating the road of outsourcing there are both potential benefits and challenges, for example, the type of outsourcing they want to get involved in, and the country they want to outsource to. Outsourcing can potentially happen anywhere in the world where the costs are lower and the quality higher. The main places that have been used for outsourcing have been India, China, Ireland, South-East Asia, Russia, Mexico and the Czech Republic. The research currently underway is initially focusing on a literature review of current outsourcing applications in the market place. From this literature review, a questionnaire is being developed to assess the impact Outsourcing has on businesses. This research focuses on the Irish Market place.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005
Event22nd Conference of the Irish Manufacturing Committee 2005 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 Sept 20053 Sept 2005


Conference22nd Conference of the Irish Manufacturing Committee 2005


  • outsourcing
  • benefits
  • disadvantages


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