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Outsourcing is a fact of life for most businesses, generally for services like facilities management, market research or trouble-shooting over the phone for customers. But traditional outsourcing arrangements don’t always deliver all the value they could for either the client firm or the outsource provider. Supply chain management consultant Kate Vitasek (writing with Mike Ledyard and Karl Manrodt) calls for a new approach to outsourcing that shifts the relationship from adversarial to collaborative, and thus delivers tangible benefits to both parties. The US Air Force, “which spends more than 50% of its entire procurement budget on procured services,” sponsored this study under the auspices of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Executive Education. This report provides a template for companies and providers searching for better outsourcing results and for more lucrative savings or profits. getAbstract recommends this thorough, illuminating guide to new and veteran outsourcing clients and providers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why 21st-century businesses need a new outsourcing paradigm,
  • Which 10 problems plague many outsourcing deals,
  • How using “the five rules of Vested Outsourcing” can improve your operations and
  • How to establish Vested Outsourcing.
 

About the Authors

Kate Vitasek, founder of Supply Chain Visions, teaches at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Executive Education. Mike Ledyard is the co-author of Keeping Score: Measuring the Business Value of Logistics in the Supply Chain. Karl Manrodt teaches at Georgia Southern University.

 

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Going the Distance
The practice of outsourcing is as old as humanity. As soon as people realized they could multiply their productivity by sharing their work, they abandoned self-sufficiency and began parceling some tasks out to other people who specialized in those jobs either by learned...

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