by: Karen Cayamanda
Friday, January 2, 2009 |
The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) predicted the top five outsourcing trends for 2009: nearshoring, outsourcing volatility, professional expertise to be further valued, success of strategic outsourcing companies, and emphasis on social responsibility.
Nearshoring - Companies do not have to outsource business operations in far-off countries. Outsourcing closer to home will be a trend since there will be a large pool of skilled workers as a result of layoffs in different industries.
Outsourcing volatility due to global uncertainty - The outsourcing industry will experience slow growth this year. Companies will work on shorter contracts and with few outsourcing partners.
Pressure on outsourcing professionals - Experts in organizations will be valued to manage the outsourcing process.
Success of strategic companies - Strong and strategic companies can take advantage of the current economic crisis. These businesses will also be increasingly valued in the outsourcing industry.
Social responsibility- Welfare programs and working on socially responsible environments will be outsourcing themes this year.
IAOP, the global, standard-setting organization and advocate for the outsourcing professionals, came up with these key outsourcing trends based on analysis of the global factors that have an impact on the outsourcing industry.
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