Go to the New York Times website (www.nytimes. com/) or to USA Today (www. usatoday. com/) and search for the term “outsource.” Find an article about a company making a decision to outsource a part of its business operations.
Basic Discussion Questions
1. Describe the company that is making the decision to outsource. What area of the business is the company either looking to outsource or did it already outsource?
2. Why did the company decide to outsource (or is considering outsourcing)?
3. List the revenues and costs that might be impacted by this outsourcing decision. The article will not list many, if any, of these revenues and costs; you should make reasonable guesses about what revenues and/ or costs would be associated with the business operation being outsourced.
4. List the qualitative factors that could influence the company’s decision of whether to out-source this business operation or not. Again, you need to make reasonable guesses about the qualitative factors that might influence the company’s decision to outsource or not.