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Kate Vitasek

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Author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek is a internationally recognised innovator in the practice of supply chain management and outsourcing. She is the founder, faculty and lead researcher in the concept of vested (also known as vested outsourcing), which was developed in conjunction with the University of Tennessee. She is the creator and author of an upcoming book series on vested for Palgrave Macmillan and author of Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules that will Transform Outsourcing.

Vitasek’s approaches and insights have been widely published. She is the co-author of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ best selling mini-book series, Supply Chain Process Standards, and has contributed to other management books as well. Vitasek has written more than 150 articles that have been published in respected academic and trade journals, including the Journal of Business Logistics, Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, Supply Chain Management Review, Inside Supply Management, Aviation Week, Distribution Business Management Journal, World Trade Magazine, Supply Chain Quarterly, and Outsourced Logistics. Vitasek also hosts expert insight blogs for DC Velocity Magazine and the Outsourcing Institute.

The Journal of Commerce recently recognised Vitasek as a “Woman on the Move in Trade and Transportation” for her leadership in the profession, and DC Velocity Magazine dubbed her a “Rainmaker” for her efforts in helping to build the logistics and supply chain profession. Logistics Quarterly and Supply Chain Digest have both honored her as a “Woman in Supply Chain” and she was honored as a “Woman of International Influence” by Global Executive Women. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Vitasek’s storied career includes positions with P&G, Microsoft, Kroger, Accenture and Stream International. She is also the Founder of Supply Chain Visions – a boutique consulting firm recognised by ARC Advisory Group as a Top 10 Boutique Consulting firm specialising in Supply Chain Management.

Vitasek graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with an MBA in logistics. She also holds a B.S in Marketing and was the top graduate in her class.

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Jun 23, 2017    0

 Professors Helena Haapio and Thomas D. Barton are on a mission to educate organizations on how to create “business friendly” contracts – without giving up safety or security.

A chapter by Haapio and Barton in the recently published Liquid Legal: Transforming Legal into a Business Savvy, Information Enabled and Performance Driven Industry highlights the...

May 05, 2017    2

Herbert Simon explored the intersection of philosophy, science, politics, economics and a range of other fields and called into question the traditional idea that “economic man” acts rationally. Simon, who was a long-time professor at Carnegie Mellon University, received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1978. Simon’s diverse research ranged across the fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive science, computer science, economics, management, philosophy of science, sociology, and political...

Mar 28, 2017    0

Paul J. Zak is answering age-old questions about the evolutionary and scientific - actually neuroscientific - basis for identifying and establishing trust. For example, why do people trust each other in the first place? Is there a natural inclination to trust? Does location and/or ethnicity matter when it comes to trust? What does this mean for businesses and their employee relations?

Zak is uniquely qualified in this arena: he is the founding director of the Center for...

Feb 07, 2017    0

Robert Kurzban, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Psychology Department, is a proponent of evolutionary psychology as a key to understanding human behaviour in all of its complexity.

It’s an intriguing subject, made even more intriguing by the title of his first book, Why Everyone (Else) Is A Hypocrite. His point is that the key to understanding behavioural inconsistencies, both personally and in business, lies in understanding the mind's...

Jan 06, 2017    0

Professors Bengt Holmström (MIT) and Oliver Hart (Harvard) received the 2016 Nobel Prize in economic science in October for their work in the realm of contract theory and, most intriguing, the nature of contracts as being essentially incomplete.

The Nobel Prize committee’s press release said, “The new theoretical tools created by Hart and Holmström are valuable to the...

Jul 15, 2016    0

Professor Horacio Falcão, a Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences at INSEAD, warns companies should not start - nor necessarily end - on “price” when it comes to negotiations. Falcão has written on the concept of value for several years and his work includes the 2010 book Value Negotiation: How to Finally Get the Win...

Mar 18, 2016    0

University of London Professor David Faulkner has written extensively about the need for cooperative, rather than purely competitive, strategic business relationships and alliances. Since the early 1990s Faulkner has studied the “essence” of competitive strategy, and the challenges involved in integrating cooperation as part of the competitive mindset. One of his books is International Strategic Alliances: Cooperating to Compete (1995). The strategies of cooperation has been...

Jan 26, 2016    0

The “invisible hand” of the market could be giving you a sharp slap more often than not, according to the Nobel laureates George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller. If you sometimes wonder whether markets always act in your best interest - or if that is even possible given the current state of capitalism - you’re not alone. In their latest and aptly titled book, ...