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Outsourcing and the Spin-off Arrangement: Lessons from a Utility Company

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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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Abstract

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
ID Code:9108
Deposited By:Professor Ronan McIvor
Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 09:31
Last Modified:22 Jan 2010 09:31

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