Re: Is the *idea* of "outsourcing" the best scam MBA types ever thought up?
Forget using an MBA for such an analysis - MBAs don't *analyse* anything other than their pay packets.
You'd want an economist specialising in managerial or business economics - a branch of "microeconomics". I don't have much respect for economists at the macro level who labour under the illusion that economics is anything other than a form of anthropology or sociology, but the micro side can be quite useful.
To summarise what they investigate, from Wikipedia:
Almost any business decision can be analyzed with managerial economics techniques, but it is most commonly applied to:
- Risk analysis - various models are used to quantify risk and asymmetric information and to employ them in decision rules to manage risk.
- Production analysis - microeconomic techniques are used to analyze production efficiency, optimum factor allocation, costs, economies of scale and to estimate the firm's cost function.
- Pricing analysis - microeconomic techniques are used to analyze various pricing decisions including transfer pricing, joint product pricing, price discrimination, price elasticity estimations, and choosing the optimum pricing method.
- Capital budgeting - Investment theory is used to examine a firm's capital purchasing decisions.
Production analysis would be the area to investigate here, and maybe capital budgeting.