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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | July 27, 2017

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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

The future of outsourcing is clear: trust me

March 27, 2017 |

Trust is at the root of all successful outsourcing partnerships. Without trust between all parties, commercial relationships can break down. And as I’m sure you know it’s far more expensive to get new business in the door or find new … Read More

The tip of the infosec iceberg?

March 20, 2017 |

Recent stories by, amongst others, the BBC detailing large, well-organised and presumably very profitable scamming organisations targeting UK TalkTalk customers have hardly helped the already-lowly reputation of offshore contact centres – but may unfortunately be only the tip of a … Read More

Humans and machines will collaborate for better customer interactions

March 7, 2017 |

In today’s business climate, it is innovation levels coupled with speed to market that will determine a company’s success. This was one of the reasons why, in 2016, we saw more interest in trends around optimising business processes – from … Read More

The ‘mid-market reality check’: what are the real procurement priorities for UK medium-sized businesses in 2017?

March 6, 2017 |

There always seems to be plenty of commentary around what’s driving innovation and growth in both large enterprises and startups. By comparison, the mid-market seems slightly neglected; this seems an oversight given the crucial role it plays in the UK … Read More

Outsourcing realities: what business executives need to know

March 6, 2017 |

Congratulations! It’s been three years since you decided to outsource accounts payable. Or, accounts receivable, or customer care, or payroll, or HR, or procurement, or any one of a dozen business process functions typically outsourced, in part or in full. … Read More

TOP TEN: Outsourcing Solo Artists

March 3, 2017 |

Having previously covered the best outsourcing hip-hop artists and rock bands, we thought it was high time our Top Ten series returned to the music industry – this time, with a look at some of the greatest and most influential solo … Read More

OPINION: Design thinking should be life-centric…

February 27, 2017 |

As the drone flew over the factory in North Carolina and captured pictures and videos both inside and outside the factory, little did the company whose factory was being photographed realise that their practices would be questioned. Here is a … Read More

What your suppliers aren’t telling you (and why you should worry)

February 27, 2017 |

In a multi-partner service delivery model, transparency and visibility are essential to an effective security and supplier risk management (SRM) strategy. Yet a wide range of evidence suggests that this transparency is sorely lacking in many cases.

According to a … Read More

Contracting for emerging technologies: change with the changes

February 20, 2017 |

Emerging technology services have revolutionised the sourcing industry. These disruptive technologies like autonomics, interface technologies, big data analytics and other computing technologies have permitted smaller companies to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses. Specifically, as incumbents focus on improving their products … Read More

Does US outsourcing have a Mickey Mouse future?

February 17, 2017 |

Ever since the 2016 elections, America’s outsourced manufacturing has consistently been front-page news. Now news stories are shifting towards the larger world of foreign imports, rather than just outsourcing. That means new policies and taxes that will impact, well, just … Read More

Sustainable procurement: a necessity for businesses of the future

February 17, 2017 |

As regulations and consumer pressures shift and organisations are increasingly exposed to risk – reputational and beyond – the procurement industry faces a critical juncture. This dynamic has created a business environment where sustainable procurement programs are no longer just … Read More

Avoiding the black hole of marketing procurement

February 13, 2017 |

John Wanamaker once commented, “I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Likely this is often said of marketing as a whole – and in fairness, applies to other … Read More

The X-factor for successful offshore delivery

February 13, 2017 |

Over the last two decades I have had the opportunity to work with some of the largest (as well as mid-sized) enterprises who had outsourced their IT work to offshore based teams. The offshore teams themselves were either part of … 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

The future of outsourcing: through 2017 and beyond

February 6, 2017 |

This year will see the BPO industry transform itself in a multitude of ways, meaning that businesses must adapt or face the prospect of falling behind their competitors. With a month of 2017 already behind us, what can we expect … Read More