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The Contracting OrganizationA Strategic Guide to Outsourcing$
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Simon Domberger

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198774570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198774575.001.0001

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(p.75) 5 Specialization
The Contracting Organization

Simon Domberger

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This chapter and the next three consider the alternative means through which a contracting strategy is devised and implemented. Chapter 5 identifies the sources of added value generated through a greater degree of specialization––what the management literature refers to as the focus on the organization's distinctive capabilities. The different parts of the chapter are as follows: Redefining organizational boundaries; How does specialization add value? Specialization and competition; Patterns of specialization; and Who benefits from specialization?

Keywords:   added value, competition, contracting out, contracting strategies, organizational boundaries, outsourcing, specialization

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