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Interface complexity and relative power in an outsourcing context

Nilsson, Fredrik LU and Wallin, Claes LU (2002) International Symposium fo Logistics (ISL), 2002 In Proceedings of the ISL conference
Abstract
Outsourcing has during the past years evolved into a natural part of companies’ strategy to adapt to an increasingly demanding business environment. The decisions are often made for two central reasons, either to focus on core-competence or achieving cost-reductions. Outsourcing has brought companies both positive and negative effects through the two mentioned reasons, but there is a need for a more balanced view on the concept of outsourcing. With the use of complexity theory, focusing on the theory of interdependency of parts in a system, two cases are analyzed along with a case from literature. The interdependency is divided up into two relevant factors, relative power and interface complexity, which describe the relation between two... (More)
Outsourcing has during the past years evolved into a natural part of companies’ strategy to adapt to an increasingly demanding business environment. The decisions are often made for two central reasons, either to focus on core-competence or achieving cost-reductions. Outsourcing has brought companies both positive and negative effects through the two mentioned reasons, but there is a need for a more balanced view on the concept of outsourcing. With the use of complexity theory, focusing on the theory of interdependency of parts in a system, two cases are analyzed along with a case from literature. The interdependency is divided up into two relevant factors, relative power and interface complexity, which describe the relation between two companies in an outsourcing situation. A model is proposed, showing how the cases relate to the factors of relative power and interface complexity, revealing if an outsourcing decision is suitable for a certain situation or if caution is to be taken before the decision is made. (Less)
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  author       = {Nilsson, Fredrik and Wallin, Claes},
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  language     = {eng},
  series       = {Proceedings of the ISL conference},
  title        = {Interface complexity and relative power in an outsourcing context},
  year         = {2002},
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