There is so much to consider before one decides to outsource. After reading abit of it today, I am left to wonder why one would choose to outsource if indeed it requires a lot of planning and commitment before it is done. With my personality, I figure it would be difficult to let someone do something for me, not unless I was 100% sure they would do it better than I could and even then, it would still be difficult.
I think about Coca Cola in Kenya and at least catering, cleaning and security was outsourced. They used to do a pretty good job. I have realized that most companies that outsource are the very big ones that can afford such services and for an SME....outsourcing would be out of the question. What happens when you know you do not have the skills required to do the job perfectly but do not have the money to outsouce..what then? If outsourcing was cheap..then that would be good but since it is not, not to mention the legal obligations and all, it is quite a daunting thing to do if you ask me. That said, I agree outsourcing can actually be a cost reduction strategy and incvrease one competitiveness. Learning about it more today in greater depth opened my eyes to just how much goes into this activity and before an organization decides it wants to outsource, they better be sure it will have great benefits or else they will end up on the losing end.