Outsourcing in Sandy Springs and Other US Cities: Insights for Other Countries

  • Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Stephen J. Bailey Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Pekka Valkama School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland
Keywords: outsourcing, commissioning, turnkey, Sandy Springs

Abstract

This paper analyses the partnership-based outsourcing model of service transformation in USA local government, focusing on the city of Sandy Springs which became widely known for its large-scale ‘turnkey’ outsourcing of provision of its services in the mid-2000s. This city has been referred to in the literature as a special case not applicable to other countries, such as the UK, because of their very different contexts. However, there is now a public sector austerity context within which to reassess Sandy Springs’ use of turnkey outsourcing to achieve significant cost savings and improve services. The paper reports empirical research which it uses to derive insights for municipalities considering outsourcing. Those insights can help improve both policy and professional practice by outlining key issues for consideration when trying to ‘do more with less’ money.
Published
2014-05-09
How to Cite
Anttiroiko, A.-V., Bailey, S. J., & Valkama, P. (2014). Outsourcing in Sandy Springs and Other US Cities: Insights for Other Countries. Central European Public Administration Review, 11(3-4), pp. 7-24. https://doi.org/10.17573/ipar.2013.3-4.a01
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Articles