Outsourcing in higher education: an empirical examination

Atul Gupta (School of Business and Economics, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA)
S. Kanthi Herath (School of Business and Economics, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA)
Nathalie C. Mikouiza (School of Business and Economics, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Publication date: 1 August 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To measure the degree of implementation and satisfaction level with the outsourcing initiatives from higher education institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

Uses a survey questionnaire to measure the levels of satisfaction with the institutions’ services and the questionnaire was based on six factors that are deemed significant in making a privatization decision. It was tested for validity and was then e‐mailed to a total of 138 presidents and/or vice‐presidents of all private and public schools in the states of Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia in the USA.

Findings

It was observed that the vast majority of institutions in all three states surveyed hold on to the concept of outsourcing according to their position in the system. The research shows that the possible motivations for outsourcing are cost savings and budgetary constraints, improvement of quality of services and staffing, lack of capability, safety concerns or liability of service, command from governing bodies, and pressure from peer institutions.

Research limitations/implications

This is not an exhaustive survey of all private and public schools in the USA and it surveyed only the opinions of presidents and/or vice‐presidents of the selected schools. A case study may provide in‐depth analysis of outsourcing in institutions of higher education.

Practical implications

Focusing solely on surveys alone to determine the level of satisfaction of outsourcing in institutions of higher education can lead to false information.

Originality/value

Provides valuable empirical evidence in designing and implementation of outsourcing in institutions of higher education.

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Citation

Atul Gupta, S. Kanthi Herath and Nathalie C. Mikouiza (2005) "Outsourcing in higher education: an empirical examination", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 396-412

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/09513540510607734

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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