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Designing a generic model for outsourcing process in public sector: evidence of Iran

Ali Rajabzadeh (Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran)
Ali Asghar Anvary Rostamy (Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran)
Ali Hosseini (Iran Management and Productivity Study Center (IMPSC), Tehran, Iran)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 2 May 2008




The purpose of this paper is to describe the outsourcing process in the public sector, determine the effective factors involved in this process and their priorities. The aim is to develop a generic conceptual model for the outsourcing process in public sectors.


This paper is based on the results of literature review and conducting binominal and Friedman tests. The model consists of the following steps and components: considering the organization's basic activities, evaluation of organizations' existing potentials and analyzing organizational processes, studying general outsourcing patterns, implementing and monitoring outsourcing process in terms of some critical success factors; and evaluation of outsourcing process of the organization and identifying feedbacks.


The paper determines the main components and influence factors involving in the process of outsourcing in public sectors. The generic model developed in this paper as a framework can be used to increase the efficiency and the effectiveness of the outsourcing process of organizations in public sector.

Practical implications

The authors believe that the proposed model and results of this research can aid public sector managers to implement their outsourcing process in a more efficient and effective manner in their organizations.


This paper develops a new generic conceptual model based on literature review, field resaech and using binominal and Frideman test. This model is unique and can be considered as an aid in the outsourcing process of organizations.



Rajabzadeh, A., Asghar Anvary Rostamy, A. and Hosseini, A. (2008), "Designing a generic model for outsourcing process in public sector: evidence of Iran", Management Decision, Vol. 46 No. 4, pp. 521-538.



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