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Running head: JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW SIX 1 Journal Article Review Six Liberty University BUSI - 613
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JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW SIX 2 Journal Article Review Six The article I chose to review this week is What happens when you outsource too much? written by Zirpoli & Becker (2011). The author’s purpose for writing this article was to provide awareness to outsourcing too much. The author used as an example an automobile manufacturing company referred to as “Alpha” throughout the article. Zirpoli & Becker (2011) suggests this company initially started out as many manufacturing companies do by outsourcing some of the production to other suppliers. However, as time progressed this company seemed to outsource more than 80% of its production to various suppliers. By doing so the company was not able to control the conflicts that arose between the product and what was the intended objective of the company. Outsourcing the majority of the production to various suppliers also hurt the overall production as to what the customer wanted. The Problem The problem in this scenario was when the majority of the product was outsourced, the manufacturer themselves lost control. Management was limited on sharing ideas to the suppliers and the suppliers lacked the necessary “in-depth knowledge about the technologies underlying each system” (Zirpoli & Becker, 2011, p. 61). Another major deficit to outsourcing too much is the lack of balance between cost and performance that proved difficult to sort out and without the expertise and know how the problem was not resolved. Lastly, the lack of highly trained staffing and the lack of abilities necessary to manage technical issues.
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  • Spring '13
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  • Management, Alpha, Journal Article Review, Zirpoli & Becker

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