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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | June 25, 2017

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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

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

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

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

Walking in a webinar wonderland…

August 18, 2016 |

Another month, another great Outsource Talks webinar… This week it was my profound pleasure and privilege to welcome Vested’s Kate Vitasek, KPMG’s Don Ryan and ‘Art of Procurement’ host Phil Ideson to the Outsource Talks sofa, where the hour fairly … Read More

Sunshine, happiness and webinars

July 20, 2016 |

The summer sun blazed down upon London today, a raging nuclear inferno of staggering power – yet it was as a mere birthday-cake candle when set alongside the brilliance of the panellists on this afternoon’s Outsource Talks… Yes, today saw … 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

Q&A: Kate Vitasek, University of Tennessee & Vested (Part 2)

June 20, 2016 | 1

To read the first part of this interview, click here.

O: With all of that in mind, what are the implications for the global business services model? Where do you sit on global business services (GBS)? Are you a fan?

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Q&A: Kate Vitasek, University of Tennessee & Vested (Part 1)

June 13, 2016 | 2

One of the most famous figures in the global outsourcing arena, Kate Vitasek is also – not coincidentally – one of Outsource’s most popular contributors, having graced our pages with both her regular column (examining lessons to be learnt by … Read More

Enter our writing competition to win a place at SIG University!

June 3, 2016 | 2

Are you a budding thought leader? Do you hunger for fame and glory – in the form of exposure on the world’s leading outsourcing publication? And do you want a FREE chance to enroll in SIG University’s Certified Sourcing Professional … 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