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Business Strategy Series

ISSN: 1751-5637
Previously published as: Handbook of Business Strategy

Online from: 2007

Subject Area: Strategy

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Unveiling the motivation to outsource among SMEs

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Title:Unveiling the motivation to outsource among SMEs
Author(s):Hasliza Abdul-Halim, (Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pinang, Malaysia), Noor Hazlina Ahmad, (Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pinang, Malaysia), T. Ramayah, (Professor in the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pinang, Malaysia)
Citation:Hasliza Abdul-Halim, Noor Hazlina Ahmad, T. Ramayah, (2012) "Unveiling the motivation to outsource among SMEs", Business Strategy Series, Vol. 13 Iss: 4, pp.181 - 186
Keywords:Conceptual, Literature review, Management strategy, Motivation (psychology), Outsourcing, Small to medium-sized enterprises
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17515631211246258 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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.

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