||Outsourcing for competative advantage
||Kernohan C, Kernohan D
||The construction industry and in particular professional design organisations have beenslow to respond to the benefits of operating in an Information Technology (IT)environment. There has been a tendency to follow what is being applied in other areasof commerce. Initial uses of computers in construction largely concerned officeprocedures with the use of word processing and spreadsheet software developedelsewhere for generic functions. Computer aided drafting and the potentials of graphicsoffered an opportunity fox building professional and industry organisations to take aunique approach to managing IT needs but little was done to re-assess the ways in whichdesign and construction information is organised or used. Some of the reasons for thisare due to the traditional remoteness of design and construction professionals fromcomputer professionals.'This paper suggests that if the construction industry and professionals continue to followtrends in commerce, then autsourcing will become an integral part of the industry'srelation to IT. Qutsourcing has been defined as "a situation where an organisation forwhatever reasons, contracts out responsibility for running part of its business to anotherorgar~isation". ]It is currently estimated that 35% of Fortune sa) companies outsourceat least one of their data centres and 15% outsource their networks. This paper exploresthe potential benefits of outsourcing and discusses the opportunities outsourcing providesfor the construction industry and professions, It describes the relationships betweenclient organisations and an outsourcing organisation and discusses operational issues, andissues of costs, resources and outputs.
|Year of publication:
Kernohan C, Kernohan D (1993).
Outsourcing for competative advantage. Mathur K S, Betts M P, Tham K W (ed.); Pre-proceedings of the first international conference on the management of information technology for construction; Singapore, August 1993 (ISSN: 2706-6568),