Author Archives: Sandra Pinnavaia, BTG



How Procurement Best Practices Are Stifling Innovation — And What to Do About It

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Many companies have discovered that best practices for managing professional services spend have imposed financial discipline but have come at the expense of innovation and organizational agility. Now, growing interest in agile development methodologies — in which small, cross-functional teams are empowered to work independently on complex problems — is prompting procurement officers to wonder whether the on-demand talent marketplace could help them regain ground at a lower price point. After all, the push for agility is driven by a need for companies to respond more quickly to opportunities and threats by nimbly adjusting the assets — including human ones — they put against each one.

The Biggest Benefit of On-Demand Talent Is Growth, Not Cost Containment

By now, most procurement leaders have heard about the high-end gig economy—and how freelance knowledge workers can help them steer complex, strategic initiatives on a project basis. The companies that have grown up to serve this new ecosystem, Business Talent Group included, often point to things like cost-efficiency when making a case for on-demand talent. Freelance knowledge workers carry the pedigree of top consulting firms without the overhead, goes this argument. It stands to reason they can take on the same work for substantially less money. But the biggest benefit to on-demand talent isn’t cost containment, in my view. It’s capturing scarce talent, moving more nimbly, and positioning your company for growth in fast-changing markets.