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Outsourcing Mistakes: 4 Errors Companies Make

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Hospice_Houngbo
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Re: communication, cultural difference
Hospice_Houngbo   8/31/2014 10:57:29 PM
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@nimantha.d,

That is an ideal way to make every employee feel important in the company. The senior management should also give credit when ever the idea of a subordinate is used.

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nimantha.d   8/31/2014 12:14:36 PM
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@waqas: Yes the senior management should also listen to the lower level as well and also consider some of their ideas too. 

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nimantha.d   8/31/2014 12:13:42 PM
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@himanshugupta: Yes as long as its being put into practice. If not then there is no point at all. 

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Himanshugupta   8/31/2014 10:00:48 AM
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@Waqas, you are right that local laws play a significant role in shaping the company policy related to outsourcing. Which interm decides how successful or unsuccessful the whole operation becomes. 

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WaqasAltaf   8/31/2014 6:45:23 AM
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TaimoorZ, I second your comment. It is just that some members of senior management will always have an argument "Why do you need to travel when we have skype/lync/webex ?". Some will strongly support that face-to-face is more effective than online communication.

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WaqasAltaf   8/31/2014 6:20:33 AM
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Himanshugupta, yes that is great and in a project involving significant financials, travelling costs is affordable. Nothing is as effective as face to face communication. In a cross-border outsourcing, terms and conditions must be thoroughly drafted taking into account many things including local laws affecting outsourcing contracts.

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TaimoorZ   8/31/2014 6:17:56 AM
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"One of the way to avoid mis-communication is to have frequent interaction (possibly face-to-face) with the team members."

@Himanshugupta: Having worked in an outsourcing environment, I think that's really a good solution. Even after working with off-shore team members for quite some time, the distance prevailed and couldn't be covered up. Once the company started a policy where members were able to fly to and fro and meet each other, the interaction greatly increased and overall the quality of the output rose as well.

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Role of coordinator
WaqasAltaf   8/31/2014 6:15:37 AM
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Shane, agreed that most outsourcing assignments' failure is about lack of communication or weak relationship management. The role of coordinator (usually the client's staff) is critical here. If that person knows how to make things work, projects can go effectively unless either party is hopeless.

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Communication is the problem to the answer
Eldredge   8/28/2014 9:08:00 PM
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Business goals can be moving targets, and if companies don't keep explaining those goals throughout the process, the relationship will sour fast.


Communication plays a large role in aligning business goals. Ultimately, this is always the responsibilty of the senior partner in the busines relationship.

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You think you can outsource your whole brain
Nemos   8/28/2014 1:06:41 PM
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: You think you can outsource your whole brain:


That it sounds quite cool , by the way a nice article, I have to agree that the communication part is the most critical (as always in every relation) and in outsourcing one can say that is a key word.

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