Research on the Causes, Case Studies and Logic in Current Trends of Outsourcing Practice in Government and Business

The subject of outsourcing, A-76 studies and strategic sourcing are familiar terms in government and
business. What lies behind the development of increasing activity in this area is an organizational field
that legitimizes and perpetuates such activities. The purpose of this paper is to summarize current
trends in outsourcing and reflect upon the recent developments as to causes, sources of promotion of
the practice and estimation of what developments the future holds. The following article provides
examples of “field structuration” that contribute to the perpetuation of these forms of procurement
practice. Literature research, interviews and participation as a contracts management professional
provided input to the article.

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Mary M. Dickens Johnson
Villanova University, Pennsylvania

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