Alison Davis-Blake, University of Michigan and Joseph Broschak, University of Arizona

Lecture title:

How Outsourcing Changes Organizations: The Need to Focus Our Attention on Work


  • Dean Alison Davis-Blake, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Joseph Broschak, Eller College of Management, Management and Organizations, University of Arizona

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Semester: Fall 2011

Date: Friday, September 30, 2011

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Venue: Room R2210, Ross School of Business

Additional Notes:


While much has been written about the effects of outsourcing on the location of jobs and on the wages of wokers, the effects of outsourcing on the experience of work and on the design of work and organizations have received limited research attention. A full understanding of the consequences of outsourcing requires examining the effects of outsourcing on the nature of both work and the organiztions that define and delimit work. In this review, we define outsourcing and describe the key dimensions of outsourcing arrangements that are liekly to affect the nature of work. We then review existing research on the effects of outsourcing on individuals' attitudes and behaviors, work group dynamics, job design, and organizational structure and culture. We conclude with a discussion of the critical research issues that must be addressed to fully understand the effects of outsourcing on the nature of work.

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