Executive promotion/bonus lifecycle
 pick business function(s) to outsource; friends who run outsource firms can help, and later provide favors, kickbacks, and/or references.
 present financial figures (generated by friends in  above, from delusional optimism and marketing materials) that show substantial (usually unrealistic) cost savings; ignore or dismiss any mention of functionality or service levels (those can be invented later); add huge doses of marketing-based fertilizer.
 sign outsource agreements; put previously invented cost projections into future budget(s); inform everyone of stunning success, and watch the share price spike (note - flip stock options).
 collect bonus and/or receive promotion (and soonest, before the real consequences begin to manifest - in a big company, this will hopefully take some time); MOVE ON (this becomes important later).
 as the cost savings prove illusory, and the functionality, quality and flexibility of services plummet (this is normal in outsourcing), blame the implementation ("behold the incompetence! i would have done it differently..."); assert that your glorious vision was mishandled (note - good time to sell short).
 as former employer desperately scrambles to insource the function(s) outsourced by your initiative (note - stock price will fall, buy low), evaluate current employer for the same sequence (go back to ).