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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | March 24, 2017

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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

Unlocking the value of Accountable Care Organizations by choosing the right contractual approach

February 27, 2017 |

“There has got to be a better way!” That’s the common lament from all aspects of the healthcare industry from providers, payers, and patients alike when talking about the relationship between those three parties. It not unusual to hear complaints … 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

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

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

Spring 2017 Writing Competition: WIN a place at SIG University (and more)!

February 3, 2017 |

Are you a budding sourcing/outsourcing thought leader looking for an audience for your game-changing thoughts? Well, by a tremendously felicitous coincidence, Outsource is seeking fresh talent, so put your creative hats on and get ready for global fame, by entering … Read More

Do you need a sales tune-up – or an overhaul?

January 31, 2017 |

Last October I attended the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Global Summit in Carlsbad, California – an event I have attended more than 40 times over the last 25 years. Why? Because professionally, it is truly worth the time and treasure required. … Read More

Q&A: Raleen Gagnon, ManpowerGroup Solutions

January 19, 2017 |

Raleen Gagnon is Director of Global Market Intelligence at ManpowerGroup Solutions, overseeing research and analysis related to global workforce trends, competitive workforce strategy, labour regulations, cost of labour, and hiring practice. Outsource got together with Raleen at last October’s SIG … Read More

Digital strategies without the hype: fundamentals for effective implementation

January 19, 2017 |

Undoubtedly, digital has huge potential: to fundamentally transform the business operating model; to unlock the “impossible challenge”; to greatly accelerate change; and to intimately connect a company to its customers in real time. However, digital can also expose a company’s … Read More

Life Lessons: Kit Cox

January 16, 2017 |

Kit Cox is the founder and CEO of UK-based BPO software company Enate, and a long-time observer of and commentator upon the international outsourcing space. He’s also, now, the latest professional to come under the microscope of our Life Lessons … Read More

Black swans – and the price we’re paying today

January 16, 2017 |

The sourcing industry has so far had a spectacularly wonderful run. Twenty-five years of constant change, dynamism, technical competencies; business-aligned, people-centric, and bottom-line focused; intrinsically able to deliver on all promises made. As with any journey, bumps and roadblocks are … Read More

Seven is a lucky number, but procurement success takes more than luck

January 6, 2017 |

It’s clear that procurement has evolved over the past several years. And it continues to evolve. Digitisation has helped take it from what was viewed as a back office function to a key differentiator and value driver. But why have … Read More