Outsourcing and Offshoring of Professional Services: Business Optimization in a Global Economy: Business Optimization in a Global Economy

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Gupta, Amar
IGI Global, Mar 31, 2008 - Business & Economics - 440 pages

A growing number of companies are opting to perform increasing types of professional services in foreign countries, creating, for some companies, unprecedented opportunities to reduce costs and nucleate strategic relationships, while, for others, representing a major threat to current prosperity.

Outsourcing and Offshoring of Professional Services: Business Optimization in a Global Economy discusses the considerations and implications surrounding the outsourcing and offshoring of professional services, such as software development computer-aided design, and healthcare, from multiple global perspectives. This Premier Reference Source, offering industry professionals, policymakers, students, and educators with a balance between a broad overview and detailed analysis of offshore outsourcing, is an invaluable addition to academic, research, and corporate libraries.This publication includes a foreward by Lester C. Thurow, Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Economics and Former Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management.


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Executive Highlight
Offshoring The Transition from Economic Drivers Toward Strategic Global Partnership and the 24Hour Knowledge Factory
Foundations and Frameworks
Evolving Relationship Between Law Offshoring of Professional Services Intellectual Property and International Organizations
Information Technology Systems Offshore Outsourcing Key Risks and Success Factors
Changing IT Skills The Impact of Sourcing Strategies on InHouse Capability Requirements
New Trends in Global Offshore Outsourcing A Comparative Assessment of India and China
The Role of Prisons in Offshoring
Collaboration and the 24Hour Knowledge Factory
The Role of Information Resource Management in Enabling the 24Hour Knowledge Factory
Outsourcing and MultiParty Business Collaborations Modeling
Hybrid Offshoring Composite Personae and Evolving Collaboration Technologies
Agile Software Processes for the 24Hour Knowledge Factory Environment

A Paradigmatic and Methodological Review of Research in Outsourcing
An Outsourcing Acceptance Model An Application of TAM to Application Development Outsourcing Decisions
Sectoral Applications and Case Studies
Outsourcing in the Healthcare Industry Information Technology Intellectual Property and Allied Aspects
Offshoring Entertainment and Media to India
Outsourcing of Medical Surgery and the Evolution of Medical Telesurgery
The Use of Outsourcing as a Business Strategy A Case Study
National and Societal Implcations
Adaptation Paradigms for Academia and Industry
Information Systems Offshore Outsourcing and Relevance in the Business School Curriculum
Innovative Technological Paradigms for Corporate Offshoring
Leveraging Knowledge Reuse and System Agility in the Outsourcing Era
Compilation of References
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Amar Gupta is a Tom Brown Endowed Chair of Management and Technology; professor of entrepreneurship, management information systems, management of organizations, computer science; and Latin American studies at the University of Arizona. Earlier, he was with the MIT Sloan School of Management (1979-2004); for half of this 25-year period, he served as the founding co-director of the Productivity from Information Technology (PROFIT) initiative. Subsequent to his move to Arizona in 2004, he continued to maintain ties with MIT as a visiting professor in engineering systems division there. He has published over 100 papers, and serves as associate editor of ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. At the University of Arizona, Professor Gupta is the chief architect of new multi-degree graduate programs that involve concurrent study of management, entrepreneurship, and one specific technical or scientific domain. He has nurtured the development of several key technologies that are in widespread use today, and is currently focusing on the area of the 24-hour knowledge factory. [Editor]

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