The Manager's Step-by-Step Guide to Outsourcing

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Outsourcing is one of the most complex and controversial issues in business today. In an effort to remain competitive, many leading companies--from Microsoft to Nike to Pfizer--are incorporating outsourcing as a strategic part of their management decision-making. Yet, for managers responsible for outsourcing, domestically or internationally, this field often seems complex, if not impossible.

The Managers Step-by-Step Guide to Outsourcing presents a clear, detailed method for effectively planning and executing an outsourcing strategy in any company, large or small. Top Fortune 500 consultant Linda Dominguez provides all the tools you need to achieve successful, real-world implementation, giving you the power to cut costs, increase efficiency and productivity, generate higher returns, and stay ahead of your competition.

Sharing the invaluable guidance of her clients as well as the advice of outsourcing experts, Dominguez helps you develop a strategic plan for your own initiative. She imparts the new skills executives, managers, and employees must learn to deliver results, and best practices for creating sustainable shareholder value without sacrificing quality, productivity, relationships, or control. As you prepare your blueprint for action, you'll discover how to:

  • Decide to outsource a business unit or function on or offshore
  • Weigh potential cost savings against the potential risks
  • Select the best vendor for your specific needs
  • Make the transition process swift and effective
  • Anticipate and manage outsourcing problems and challenges
  • Identify and navigate cultural and style differences
  • Recall an outsourced unit back in-house when necessary

You'll also find sound advice and tips executives who have successfully outsourced as well as from those who found their projects did not meet their expectations. Complete with a thorough implementation checklist, The Managers Step-by-Step Guide to Outsourcing is the only resource you need to ensure the long-term success of your outsourcing project.

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Expert guidance to help you

execute and manage a successful outsourcing initiative

Many of today's leading companies are incorporating outsourcing as a strategic part of their management philosophy--and it's happening at speeds and levels unforeseen just a few years ago. If your business is looking to cut costs, increase efficiency, and, above all, stay ahead of your competition, then outsourcing could be the answer you've been looking for!

The Manager's Step-by-Step Guide to Outsourcing delivers an in-depth, easy-to-follow blueprint for effectively planning and implementing a successful outsourcing strategy in any size company, in any industry. Top Fortune 500 consultant Linda Dominguez dispels the myths about outsourcing and provides the necessary skills and tools managers need to:

  • Select areas of your business to be outsourced
  • Choose the right outsourcing partner and build a winning team
  • Create an effective transition plan--regardless of time constraints
  • Deal with concerns of employees and stockholders
  • Work through language and cultural barriers
  • Avoid the pitfalls other companies have experienced

About the Author:

Linda R. Dominguez is the founder and principal of Executive Coaching and Resource Network, where she consults with the Fortune 500 on performance management and strategy. Her clients range from senior executive individuals to a diverse blend of corporations and organizations, including US Bank, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Intuit, The Scotts Company, Bell Sports, and Dow Jones. Dominguez is a regular speaker who also contributes to various print media, such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Training Magazine, and Mobility Magazine.

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