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About Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek

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.

Posts By Kate Vitasek

Haapio and Barton: Business-Friendly Contracting

June 22, 2017 |


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 … Read More

Herbert Simon: “Economic Man” and “Bounded Rationality”

May 5, 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 … Read More

Paul J. Zak: doing the math on trust

March 27, 2017 | 1

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 … Read More

Robert Kurzban: why everyone else is a hypocrite…

February 7, 2017 |

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 … Read More

Hart, Holmstrom: Contract theory and incomplete contracts

January 6, 2017 |

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 … Read More

Horacio Falcao and the value of value negotiation

July 14, 2016 | 1

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 … Read More

David Faulkner: the value of a cooperative strategy

March 17, 2016 | 1

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 … Read More

Akerlof and Shiller: the free market giveth, and it taketh away

January 26, 2016 |

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 … Read More

Stewart Macaulay: pioneer for relational contracting

July 14, 2015 | 1

Stewart Macaulay – Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School – occupies a unique place in the evolution, awareness and acceptance of relational contracting. In fact one might safely argue that he helped set relational contract theory in … Read More

Deirdre McCloskey: Are Markets Moral?

May 14, 2015 | 1

Economist and philosopher Deirdre McCloskey has some thought-provoking and highly nuanced takes on innovation and ethics in the commercial arena.

How about this for starters: capitalism is innovation, in her estimation. And she contends that capitalism/innovation backed by liberal economic … Read More

John W. Henke Jr. and Chun Zhang: Increasing Supplier Trust and Innovation

February 24, 2015 | 1

The tricky question that most if not all companies face on a constant basis is how to get their suppliers fully engaged and committed to – and even be instrumental in driving – innovation.

While the importance of innovation is … Read More

Jean Tirole: The science of taming powerful firms

December 22, 2014 | 1

Jean Tirole, the French professor of economics who recently received the Nobel Prize, is one of the most influential modern economists for his extensive theories and rigorous mathematic analysis of strategic behaviour and information economics in what is known as … Read More

Clay Shirky: Sharing changes everything

October 13, 2014 | 1

Clay Shirky, New York University professor, author, and a leading thinker on the effects of the internet on society, delves into the disruptive power of technology and collaboration on how people live and work.

Born in 1964, Shirky grew up … Read More

Avoid Buyer and Seller Remorse: Get What You Pay For

July 17, 2014 | 2

At some point a buyer and supplier will talk about pricing, maybe not right away – but it’s always the elephant in the room. Pricing is also potentially the most volatile topic, and could be a deal-breaker if the negotiation … Read More

Avery W. Katz: Dealing with the Incomplete Contract

July 4, 2014 | 1

Avery W. Katz, professor of law at Columbia Law School, tackles the conundrum of “incomplete contracts. The challenge? How can organisations fashion a contract that is both economically flexible enough for a business relationship to move forward efficiently, and legally … Read More

Villena, Revilla, Choi: Breaking down the “bright” and “dark” side of buyer-seller relationships

May 7, 2014 | 1

If you’ve been in the outsource industry for more than five minutes you probably know that buyer-seller relationships are, well, complicated. And just when you think you have the collaboration thing nailed, more complications can ensue.

Verónica H. Villena (assistant … Read More