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The Outsourcing Decision Matrix? How Safe Is Your Outsourcing?
Outsourcing can be an effective way to cut costs and improve efficiency. But it has its risks, and getting it wrong could damage your organization.

Some activities and processes need to be kept in-house, to protect confidential information or to maintain quality, for example. Our articles, The Outsourcing Decision Matrix and Strategic Alliances, can help you to choose what functions you can outsource safely.

Some of your strategic and operational activities are critical to your competitive advantage, and you can learn how to identify them in our article, Core Competencies Analysis.

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A Final Note

Outsourcing can cut costs and free up your people to work on other projects. But it’s not a decision to take lightly - there are some activities or information that are too valuable to let go.

Next week, you can explore interview tips and techniques that will help you to get the right people in the right roles.

Have a great week!

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James Manktelow (CEO)

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