White Paper: The Role of Platforms in Sourcing and Engaging Business Talent


We recently partnered with Catalant to explain the role of platforms in sourcing and engaging highly skilled (and often scarce) business talent. Spend Matters provided analysis with respect to the topic, while Catalant shared some real-world cases to show how some organizations are already taking advantage of platform models.

The role of platforms in talent sourcing and engagement is still not well understood and appreciated by procurement and HR professionals, notwithstanding the significant role that platforms have begun to play in the global economy. In a recent paper, platform researcher Kevin Boudreau wrote the following:

Since the turn of the [21st] century, “platforming” has become a leading mode of organizing exchange, innovation, development, production, consumption and other forms of interactions in the economy and society. Rather than organizing along a traditional sequential “value chain” of upstream and downstream firms … platforms sit at the nexus of a multiple relationships to orchestrate value-creating interactions … Moreover, trends enabling platforming — such as networking, software, digitalization, automation, AI and big data — are only accelerating and spreading across the wider economy.

In 2017, the important role and value of platform models would be hard to dispute. Now, contingent workforce procurement and HR practitioners must seriously consider the increasing role of platforms and what they can accomplish with respect to talent sourcing, engagement, collaboration and productivity. If they don’t, they risk being out-maneuvered in the war for talent.

Our white paper, designed to help practitioners get their arms around this subject, covers the following:

  • The current and very real problem faced by organizations to find and engage the highly skilled, specialized professional talent they critically require
  • The changes in the ways workers — especially highly skilled, specialized talent — want to work outside of traditional employment arrangements
  • Why traditional talent intermediaries, such as large established consulting firms, no longer provide an optimal solution for many organizations today
  • How platform intermediaries have begun to support new talent gap solutions that many organizations are finding superior in terms of lower cost, higher velocity, better outcomes and visibility
  • An example of such a platform intermediary, Catalant, which matches organizations and highly experienced and credentialed independent business consultants (including several real-world use cases)

You can download the white paper by following this link: http://pages.gocatalant.com/whitepaper_talentgap.html

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