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BANDEIRA, Renata Albergaria de Mello; MELLO, Luiz Carlos Brasil de Brito  and  MACADA, Antonio Carlos Gastaud. Flexibility elements in contracts of logistic outsourcing: the case of a telecommunications company. Prod. [online]. 2012, vol.22, n.2, pp. 237-248.  Epub Apr 12, 2012. ISSN 0103-6513.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-65132012005000017.

This article examines, through the technique of case study, the process of logistics outsourcing in a Brazilian telecommunications company. Initially, the importance of contracts for outsourcing is analyzed according to the perspective of the transaction costs economics theory. The possible causes of imperfections in the contracting process are analyzed, and the steps to avoid the repetition of these mistakes in similar implementations are suggested. According to the authors' point of view, the acquired experience indicates that a primary error in outsourcing contracts refers to the lack of a strategy to be followed by the organization in relation to a contracting model. This definition is a fundamental step, since the contract must be aligned to the strategy.

Keywords : Logistics; Outsourcing; Contracting; Third-party logistics.

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