Outsourcing and insourcing of organizational activities: the role of outsourcing process mechanisms

Damanpour, F, Magelssen, C and Walker, R M (2020) Outsourcing and insourcing of organizational activities: the role of outsourcing process mechanisms. Public Management Review, 22 (6). pp. 767-790. ISSN 1471-9037 OPEN ACCESS


The decision to outsource organizational activities is studied widely, but research on the insourcing of outsourced activities is scarce. We study the outsourcing decision as a process, and investigate the influences of organizational mechanisms on its sustainability. We argue that organizational learning from the outsourcing decision process could over time result in competencies that enhance the sustainability of outsourcing decisions. We examine outsourcing and insourcing processes longitudinally. The results indicate that the outsourcing process mechanisms, especially the mechanisms associated with implementing the outsourcing decision, predict insourcing. We discuss the implications for future research on outsourcing and insourcing of public services.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Strategy and Entrepreneurship
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Public Management Review on 1st May 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14719037.2019.1601243

Funder Name: National Research Foundation of Korea
Date Deposited: 20 May 2019 10:16
Date of first compliant deposit: 20 May 2019
Subjects: Outsourcing
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2024 01:43
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1133

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