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Fortunately or unfortunately, outsourcing continues to be a hot topic among many industries. While it helps some and hurts others, it’s hard to deny the business logic behind this strategy. And by costing them stable jobs and careers, it’s the bane of many blue-collar workers’ existences in certain developed nations. Meanwhile, it is building previously considered third world countries into economic
As outsourcing begins to level the world’s economic playing field, it would behoove people in many sectors, industries, and economic classes to understand more about this process and its effects on people, companies and nations. The more you know about outsourcing, the more prepared you can be to deal with its effects or harness its power. And what better way than by reading a book? That being said, here are a few titles that might better help you understand outsourcing.
1. The Black Book of Outsourcing: How to Manage the Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities (by Douglas Brown)
Published in 2005, this book has recently been revised and is broken down into three parts. Part one focuses on how to plan for and manage outsourcing, part two deals with finding an outsourcing career, and part three is a guide for outsourcing entrepreneurs.
India has been a hotbed for outsourcing activity during the last decade. If you’re interested in learning more about how this country has succeeded in building itself into a massive outsourcing provider as well as how you may be able to take advantage of this revolution, this could be the book for you.
3. The IT
Outsourcing Guide (by Rob Aalders)
Understanding why you want to outsource, as well as how you plan to execute your outsourcing initiatives is often critical in the success of your overall outsourcing plan. The IT Outsourcing Guide can help guide you through topics such as IT outsourcing decisions, criteria, management principles, and a number of other
aspects of your outsourcing needs.
4. The Outsourcing Handbook: How to Implement a Successful Outsourcing Process (by Mark J Power, Kevin C. Desouza, Carlo Bonifazi, and Mark J. Power)
This handbook could be the perfect way for you to familiarize yourself with how to implement your outsourcing. From traps to watch out for, to vendor assessment and managing your outsourcing relationship, this book covers a variety of outsourcing subject matter.
Manager’s Step-by-Step Guide to Outsourcing (by Linda R. Dominguez)
Sometimes it’s nice to have a step-by-step guide to make your outsourcing efforts a little less complicated. Broken into three parts, “The Fundamentals”, “Benefits and Barriers”, and “Commitment to Succeed”, Linda Dominguez’s step-by-step guide could be a critical resource in your outsourcing education.
6. Strategic Outsourcing: A Structured Approach to Outsourcing Decisions and Initiatives (by Maurice F. Greaver)
It’s hard to deny that a structured approach to outsourcing is appealing. When you are rolling the dice and taking a chance with outsourcing, a little structure can be reassuring. In Maurice Greaver’s book, you’ll find plenty of information to help you plan, analyze, and manage your outsourcing processes.
7. Offshore Outsourcing: Business Models, ROI and Best Practices (by Marcia Robinson and Ravi Kalakota)
If you’re outsourcing, you’ll probably want to know how to structure your change and what your ROI will be. In their book, Marcia Robinson and Ravi Kalakota cover topics like why you should outsource, best practices, and how to create and execute your strategy.
8. Outsourcing for Dummies (by Ed Ashley)
Okay, so you’re no dummy. That’s all right. It doesn’t mean that you still can’t learn something from this book. The “For Dummies” series wouldn’t still be around if they weren’t doing someone some good. From understanding the costs of outsourcing to preparing your team, there is plenty here to help you with your outsourcing needs.
9. The Services Shift: Seizing the Ultimate Offshore Opportunity (by Robert E. Kennedy
and Ajay Sharma)
Most of us are aware of the services shift, but do we truly understand how to seize the opportunity that lies before us? To realize your outsourcing opportunities and make them real, The Services Shift might be the book to set you on your way.
10. The Handbook of Global Outsourcing and Offshoring (by Ilan Oshri, Julia Kotlarsky, and Leslie P. Willcocks)
The Handbook of Global Outsourcing and Offshoring, reviews a number of topics including sourcing models, strategies for growth, and the IT outsourcing lifecycle, among others. The book combines these informational chapters with relevant case studies.