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Articles on Outsourcing Strategy – Blog List

The magic of a good outsourcing strategy is not always seen easily:  Outsourcing provides leverage. It allows you to do things you could, or would not do yourself, and it allows you to do those things faster, better and/or at a lower cost.  Like all leverage, outsourcing is a double-edged

The magic of a good outsourcing strategy is not always seen easily: 

Outsourcing provides leverage. It allows you to do things you could, or would not do yourself, and it allows you to do those things faster, better and/or at a lower cost. 

Like all leverage, outsourcing is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it allows you to grow more and faster. On the other hand, if gone sour, it can easily kill your business. 

Abundant examples of failed outsourcing strategy can be found by research and throughout this website.Yet, the trend of outsourcing continues to grow unabated with the whole gamut of services, from simple to mission-critical tasks.

There is not a single company on earth that does not outsource anything. It is not just about cost arbitrage, it is also a finer expression of division of labour at the organisational level.

Not only is outsourcing ubiquitous, it is also extremely important. In fact, when I wrote my book on 5-STAR Business Networks, outsourcing was selected as one of the 5 key elements underpinning the success of these networks, along with four other elements – Innovation, Cash-to-Cash Cycle Management, Transaction Optimisation Profitability, and Product Phasing.

I believe outsourcing to be so important that I started writing this book to cover outsourcing in more depth as soon as I finished writing the aforementioned book. If you have already read the book, you will notice some common themes and models in outsourcing discussions. However, here we will examine those elements in a lot more detail. If you have not read my previous book, you can get the first three chapters free here.

In this blog, we explore my thoughts on the topic of outsourcing in more details.  Click on any of the categories below to further explore the specific forms of outsourcing popular at the current time: 

Logistics and Supply Chain

Logistics and Supply Chains – Disastrous Confusion

There are many reasons why the supply chain world is rife with confusion and mix-ups. This confusion becomes even more pronounced when it comes to outsourcing because even many respected and experienced professionals cannot properly differentiate between logistics and supply chain. As a result, they continue to use the two terms – logistics and supply chain – interchangeably. The results are disastrous for the people, as well as, their companies.

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Re-thinking Supply Chains

Re-thinking Supply Chain

Re-thinking Supply Chains A look at rethinking supply chains By Stuart Emmett Introduction  – Why are so many companies constantly rethinking supply chains? Why many other companies

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

VIVEK SOOD

Today, Vivek and his partners are among 20-30 people on the planet earth who have this deep understanding of supply chain systems, practices and tools. CEOs, COOs, executives and Boards call them in most challenging situations once they know the full potential of supply chain based transformations. Following are key milestones in Vivek's journey:

  1.  Started in 1983 as a merchant navy cadet at 18 years age, worked his way to qualify as a Captain – qualified to take command of any merchant ship, worldwide.
  2. Earned a top tier MBA from UNSW at the top of his class.
  3. Joined highly regarded strategy consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton, consulting to the CEOs, Boards and senior management of global corporations within Australia.
  4. To learn and specialise in supply chain – against all odds, sought out the co-inventor of supply chain in Germany and convinced him to be a partner in his firm, GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN GROUP, launched in January 2000.
  5. More than 500 successful blue chip projects with high impact business transformations in large corporations using the full power of SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT.
  6. 4 Seminal and path breaking business books IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT – these are available in bookstores and universities and libraries worldwide.

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