Outsourcing Content

Procurement’s View of Outsourcing (Part 2) [Plus+]

One potential role for procurement is to become part of the governance process. Procurement can contribute in this area, although that generally needs top management support to establish such a role. Responsibilities include ensuring that suppliers are treated fairly, that some reasonable competitive process is followed, and that conflicts of interest don’t get in the way of the organisation getting the right supplier and the right deal. This is particularly relevant if senior staff might transfer to the successful bidder.

Procurement’s View of Outsourcing (Part 1)

This is the first of a series around the topic of “outsourcing”. I’m coming from a procurement and procurement professional’s perspective of course, but I […]

Procurement’s View of Outsourcing (Part 1) [Plus+]

For instance, if the organisation has never actually carried out a service internally, can we talk about outsourcing? Early in my career, I ran the contracting exercise and then the delivery phase as my company “outsourced” the manufacture of chocolate Easter Eggs. We talked about outsourcing the production – but in fact, we had never made those products in our own factory. So arguably, we were buying contract manufacturing services; yet it felt like outsourcing and we talked about it in that manner.

Automation: An Emerging Outsourcing Mega-Trend

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Thomas Young, a Partner with ISG, a research, consulting and advisory services firm. As the outsourcing industry approaches […]

How to Offshore: Relationship Management

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Vantage Partners. Click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this series on managing […]