Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2002


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Operations Research

Course Number

EMGT 540/640


Contracting out, Information technology -- Contracting out -- Management, Employees -- Training of, Virtual work teams -- Management, Operations research


Despite the nation’s recent economic plight, the need for skilled talented workers is still an issue for thriving companies. For one reason or another deemed by companies, outsourcing work to skilled workers external to the company, and even overseas, mostly due to competitive labor rates, has been a trend that is on the upswing today. Many companies cite one-time or temporary specialized projects or seasonal expertise that has made outsourcing a logical and economical step. Once management has opted to outsource, how many employees are needed and how economical is this decision? Using linear programming techniques, these answers can be determined. This paper will describe and provide recommendations for a Portland-based E-learning company that has chosen to outsource.


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