Outsourcing Strategies for Small Businesses: Issues, Theoretical Bases, and Guidelines

Matthew C. Sonfield

Abstract


An emergent strategic trend among small businesses is to outsource some of the company’s peripheral business functions, a strategy previously taken primarily by medium- and large-sized enterprises.  This article reviews discussions of this trend, both in the general practitioner literature, and furthermore in the empirical and theory-based academic journal literature.  In line with the mission of the Small Business Institute® Journal, pertinent issues are considered and guidelines are offered, both to small business owners and managers, and to those who advise and assist such businesses.

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