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Unveiling the motivation to outsource among SMEs

Unveiling the motivation to outsource among SMEs Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand further the concept of outsourcing among small and medium‐sized industries (SMEs). The paper highlights the concept of outsourcing between SMEs and large organizations as well as the advantages and disadvantages of SMEs' outsourcing from the theoretical perspectives. Design/methodology/approach – This is a conceptual paper based on an in‐depth literature review of outsourcing among SMEs. Findings – The study is of value to SMEs not only in facilitating their acquaintance with the concept of outsourcing but also in enhancing their appreciation of outsourcing put into practice. Research limitations/implications – The contribution of this paper is more theoretical and others can test this empirically in the future to get a better understanding of this phenomenon among SMEs. Practical implications – It is crucial for SMEs to consider outsourcing their activities as a strategic tool to remain competitive in the dynamic environment. Originality/value – This an under‐researched area whereby the practice of outsourcing among SMEs is elaborated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Business Strategy Series Emerald Publishing

Unveiling the motivation to outsource among SMEs

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1751-5637
DOI
10.1108/17515631211246258
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand further the concept of outsourcing among small and medium‐sized industries (SMEs). The paper highlights the concept of outsourcing between SMEs and large organizations as well as the advantages and disadvantages of SMEs' outsourcing from the theoretical perspectives. Design/methodology/approach – This is a conceptual paper based on an in‐depth literature review of outsourcing among SMEs. Findings – The study is of value to SMEs not only in facilitating their acquaintance with the concept of outsourcing but also in enhancing their appreciation of outsourcing put into practice. Research limitations/implications – The contribution of this paper is more theoretical and others can test this empirically in the future to get a better understanding of this phenomenon among SMEs. Practical implications – It is crucial for SMEs to consider outsourcing their activities as a strategic tool to remain competitive in the dynamic environment. Originality/value – This an under‐researched area whereby the practice of outsourcing among SMEs is elaborated.

Journal

Business Strategy SeriesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 29, 2012

Keywords: Outsourcing; Small to medium‐sized enterprises; Literature review; Conceptual; Motivation (psychology); Management strategy

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