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The Outsourcing Revolution: Why it Makes Sense to do it Right: Why It Makes Sense and How to Do It Right Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793192145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793192144
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Author Michael F. Corbett boldly stakes out the territory for his book on outsourcing. As a consultant and as an advocate of the offshore outsourcing movement, he states plainly that he wants this to become the essential guidebook for anyone considering outsourcing. Impressively, he takes great strides toward achieving just that. Clearly written and easily readable, his book refutes exaggerated concerns about job loss while providing nuts and bolts advice on getting started, picking a leader for your outsource project design team, negotiating contracts and maintaining your relationship with your outsourcing vendor. He makes a sound case for a strategic approach to outsourcing as a potential primary driver of the global economy. We find that his comprehensive treatment of outsourcing issues makes this a must-read for anyone who seeks a better understanding of the outsourcing phenomenon, particularly executives thinking about dipping their toes into offshore waters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Corbett is one of the leading advisors on outsourcing in business today. He has advised the US government on the subject and been responsible for promoting the use of outsourcing as a business strategy for over a decade now. His book is really a summary of his wisdom and experience in this marketplace. He looks a little at the history of strategic sourcing and then charges through the topic, detailing how to get it right in each chapter. It really is an easy to read book that is focused on the outsourcing professional and should be on the desk of all managers involved in outsourcing decisions.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Industry has Evolved Far Past This Book 7 Jan. 2006
By Lorraine Stamos (Special Libraries Association) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I suggest you check out the outsourcing books that have come out since this one was published as outsourcing changes quickly and this one is dated and routine.

Already, better information is obtainable on current outsourcing blogs.

That happens with books though. If they are not re-released frequently and the subject matter is evolving, they fall behind as this book has done.

This book has been on my shelf for about a year and I was dismayed to learn as another reviewer mentioned before me, that the author is a for-profit consulting firm's owner who openly (verified on his site) charges outsourcing vendors to be listed in an "Outsourcing 100" listing an "application fee" of several hundred dollars and he will assure list placement if you pay him $10,000!!!!!

Sadly, its bad form and very unbiased but that is how the world turns.

The styles and intentions of Business-focused authors versus Academic-focused authors are very easy to spot. This is no exception.

Be prepared...You're being pumped to buy consulting, not make your own intelligent solutions.

On the positive side, you'll think about where you might have holes in your outsourcing strategy.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Dearborn needs to Get Back on Track with its Authors 3 Oct. 2005
By Warren Stone (White Plains, NY) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
At best, Corbett has furnished a compilation and one-off set of the business journal articles of two & three YEARS ago.

Perhaps if it was 2002 or 2003 and you were looking for a primer, it was the book to get - but now there are too many other great outsourcing books to choose from. Like others, I don't like to add books in my library that aren't useful and this is one from which nothing new is to be learned if you are the least bit savvy about outsourcing...sort of a "Outsourcing For Dummies" with the woven twist that others have also mentioned...over-the-top and unabashed plugs for Corbett's business units.

I understand how a book author often writes a book to promote himself as an expert, academic/educator or sharer or information. But Corbett is a consultant - pure and simple - and he pushes the book at self-promotional "conferences" he puts on at great cost to attendees and corporate sponsors. Like an Amway of Outsourcing...Its a shame that the editors at his publishers (Dearborn) would print his firm's brochure and charge me to purchase it... instead of a book of business executive education - but Dearborn is getting a reputation for doing just that more and more - anything for a buck, I guess. Be warned.

On the positive side, if you can get a used or discount copy of the book, its a satisfactory first read on outsourcing if you can get past the self-promotion and by remembering that many smart people have done on their own very successfully that which Corbett insists only a consultant can do.

Like other critical buyers have said, "Not worth the cover price". You'll be disappointed you didn't expand your search for more complete and current outsourcing selections which tell you how to succeed for yourself, not through a consulting company.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Too much Theory - Not Enough Action 18 Sept. 2005
By Gretchen Fellinger (Salt Lake City UT) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is good but I didn't like it as well as others because it doesn't deliver to the average manager or business owner. Too far over my head to really find the advice useful or applicable.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I Confirm and Verify Last Review...This Book Was Disappointment 3 Oct. 2005
By Bill Gadewoltz (Salem, Oregon) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There are good outsourcing how-to books that came out in 2005...I have two. I also bought Corbett's book through Amazon and gave it to the local library for their community rummage sale as it couldn't be returned for my money back. The info is dated and the advice is too subjective.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Book Leaves You Hanging - Plus I Believe the Reviewers are Biased 24 Sept. 2005
By Mike Czarnecki (Objective Reviewer) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book is basic , not very comprehensive and long on self-importance instead of a true "how-to". I agree with other reviewers who remarked that Corbett is selling an introduction to his consulting firm.

I bought the book to find out what I didn't know and to get direction on how to either learn it or do it. Corbett prefers to leave you hanging, perhaps to engage his consulting firm, but I think more than not, its just an incomplete work on outsourcing management.

The points are interesting, but they're nothing you haven't read over and over in newspapers and business journals. Its a quick read that delivers little substance for the working manager.

I see that alot of his cronies have offered their solicited opinions also here on his book. An an ex-IBM'er in procurement who is acquainted with the firm's actual project outcomes - I will share with the readers here that these reviewers are not objective.
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