The role of costs in outsourcing decisions: selected studies of public sector organisations

Jayne Elizabeth Bisman

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    Abstract

    There is a rapidly growing trend towards outsourcing many and varied functions and services by the Australian public sector, and which is promoted by the public sector reforms agenda and government policy, as a means for reducing costs. However, much of the literature concerning outsourcing, and especially that which relates to the public sector and how and why costs are used in outsourcing decision-making, is anecdotal and dogmatic.

    Agency theory and transaction cost economics, the conventional, explanatory frameworks applied to outsourcing as well as aspects of contingency theory, are integrated to derive a series of propositions and testable hypotheses, and develop an a priori model of the role of costs in Australian public sector outsourcing decision-making.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Charles Sturt University
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Fatseas, Victor, Co-Supervisor
    • Jarratt, Denise, Co-Supervisor
    Award date01 Nov 2001
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publisher
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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