Special Issue "How does Outsourcing Affect the Economy and its Sustainability?"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alessio Ishizaka
Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3DE, UK
Website: http://www.port.ac.uk/operations-and-systems-management/staff/alessio-ishizaka.html
E-Mail: Alessio.Ishizaka@port.ac.uk
Interests: outsourcing; supply chain management; decision analysis; technology adoption; decision support systems; multi-criteria decision making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The pressure of globalization, competition, reduced cycles times and increasing product complexity have forced many companies to search for new forms of organizations, in particular to meet the increasing needs for responsiveness and cost reduction. Outsourcing has been the most used solution. Its aim is to improve productivity, increase revenues and achieve greater flexibility. Outsourcing allows firms to offer better, faster, and more efficient products/services, thereby gaining value in the perception of customers. This business strategy has brought radical changes to how companies operate. If the short term benefits are evident, the long term benefits are less clear and certain. To help the companies in this long-term challenge, sustainable outsourcing frameworks are necessary (e.g., Ishizaka and Blakiston [1]).

The aim of this special issue is to publish state-of-the-art research papers focused on the economic sustainability of outsourcing practices and its consequences. Analytical models, empirical studies, and case-based studies are all welcomed as long as an article provides new insights and implications to the practice of management concerning outsourcing practices.

Guest Editor
Dr. Alessio Ishizaka

Alessio, I.; Rebecca, B. The 18 C’s model for a successful long-term outsourcing arrangement. Ind. Mark. Manag. 2012, 41, 1071–1080


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  • outsourcing best practices
  • monitoring outsourcing performances
  • impact of outsourcing in organizational performances
  • development of frameworks for sustainable outsourcing
  • sustainable management of outsourcing activities
  • development of frameworks for a sustainable outsourcing arranagement
  • multi-criteria decision methods for outsouricing sustainability assessment
  • innovative business models for sustainable outsourcing
  • globalization, intercultural relationships and sustainable outsourcing

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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 1172-1185; doi:10.3390/su7021172
Received: 19 November 2014 / Accepted: 13 January 2015 / Published: 23 January 2015
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Last update: 23 October 2014

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