Books that help a business consultant promote consulting can be suspect. After all, the consultants’ first piece of advice is that you need to hire them. That caveat aside, you will find this a well-conceived view of the practical mechanics of setting up a good outsourcing program. The text can be redundant, telling you many times over that you need to agree on measures to define a project’s success. However, even though authors James Essinger and Charles L. Gay don’t dodge all the pitfalls, they do hand you the common-sense fundamentals you need to safely navigate the trendy world of outsourcing. Overall, getAbstract recommends this as a useful volume that will help any executive who is thinking of setting up an outsourcing program or wondering how to do it better next time.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why outsourcing is a powerful strategic tool to improve your business;
- How to set up an outsourcing program; and
- How outsourcing affects your employees.
About the Authors
James Essinger has written more than 25 business books and many popular science articles. His most recent work is Jacquard’s Web. Charles L. Gay is managing director of Shreveport Management Consultancy, which specializes in implementing outsourcing initiatives.