McIvor, Ronan (2007) Outsourcing and the Spin-off Arrangement: Lessons from a Utility Company. Journal of General Management, 33 (1). pp. 51-70. [Journal article]
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Spinning off non-core functions into separate businesses has become increasingly prevalent as organisations restructure and specialise in core areas. The spin-off arrangement is often used as an alternative to outsourcing functions to an independent service provider. Although spin-offs have been increasing in prominence, there are few studies in the literature that provide detailed insights into development and implementation. This paper focuses on a privatised utility company that spun off a number of functions into a separate commercial business. As well as developing a new client base the spin-off continued to provide services to the utility company. Although this arrangement was regarded as extremely successful, the development and implementation of the spin-off arrangement faced a number of difficulties. The paper considers the arrangement right from idea generation through to full development and eventual disposal. The development of the spin-off was considered along with the implications for the subsidiaries in the utility company. The paper provides a number of important lessons for organisations pursuing this type of outsourcing configuration.
|Item Type:||Journal article|
|Faculties and Schools:||Ulster Business School|
Ulster Business School > Department of International Business
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Business and Management Research Institute|
|Deposited By:||Professor Ronan McIvor|
|Deposited On:||22 Jan 2010 09:31|
|Last Modified:||22 Jan 2010 09:31|
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