- Outsourcing is here to stay. It is inextricably linked to the globalization of business. International trade networks continue to connect the worlds economies and organizations increasingly turn to partners, often through outsourcing, to help them: better leverage what they are best at gain greater flexibility and reach, and drive down their overall business costs and risks. This substantial title is the official version of the Outsourcing Professional Body of Knowledge by IAOP (International Association of Outsourcing Professionals), in short: OPBOK. This is the official publication of OPBOK Version 9. It identifies the best practices of outsourcing professionals around the globe and presents the reader with a complete and practical guide to this emerging, complex discipline. It gives readers full guidance on the critical `make or break factors in any outsourcing program: governance and defining a strategic approach to Outsourcing; identifying and communicating business requirements; selecting and qualifying providers; gaining internal buy-In, creating project teams and value assessment (value for money and return on investment). This authoritative title provides an invaluable resource for any outsourcing professional: the best practice guidance is complemented by practical checklists and templates. Readers can therefore apply rigorous disciplines to ensure internal and external requirements are fully considered and implemented at each stage of the process. It will become a key desktop resource for successful outsourcing professionals who achieve corporate and personal goals in this field.