George Akerlof and the Lemon Problem

George Akerlof put math behind the concept of the  “lemon problem” in his classic 1970 article, “The Market for Lemons,” which used the example of a used car market to depict asymmetry of… Click To Tweet Akerlof (with Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz) received the 2001 Nobel Prize for their analyses of markets with asymmetric information. This YouTube video explains the lemon […]

A New Day, A New Way for Island Health and Hospitalists

Our latest case study relates the extraordinary and inspiring journey of the Victoria Island Health Authority and their Hospitalists as they used the Vested model to transform their troubled labor relationship into a highly collaborative one. Most on the team have called the shift to transformational. Some go so far to say it was more like […]

Public Spend Forum — 16 January 2019

Unlearning to Learn: A Vested Approach to Services Acquisition Episode 13 of the Public Procurement Leaders Podcast with Kate Vitasek on 16 January 2019. Here’s the link: https://www.publicspendforum.net/podcasts/vested-services-acquisition-kate-vitasek/

All I Want for Christmas and the New Year…

As I ponder the holiday season and the start of a New Year, I wonder – from a Vested perspective of course – what would happen if Christmas stockings and New Year resolutions contained: Collaboration instead of coal Win-win instead of whine-whine Trust instead of truculence Integrity instead of infamy Value instead of venom Decency […]

ISM Weekly — 26 November 2018

Implementing a Successful Supplier Sourcing Contract Article by Kate Vitasek published  by Inside Supply Management Weekly on 26 November 2018. Some sourcing business deals are simple to negotiate, especially when they are basic transactional deals, such as for office supplies. Other more strategic sourcing contracts might go through difficult and lengthy RFP processes… Here is […]

Forbes — November 2018

Paul Romer: The Path To Economic Growth And Innovation Article by Kate Vitasek published in Forbes on 19 November 2018 Business professionals can learn a valuable lesson about the path to economic growth and innovation from Paul Romer, this year’s Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences (shared with William Nordhaus). Romer views the economy as a “huge innovation […]

The Problem with Supplier Trust

The problem with trust when it comes to suppliers is that they probably supply many different companies, perhaps even your competitors – so how do you trust them? But have you stopped to think the reverse is also true: how can suppliers trust their buyers? This is a situation as old as the buyer-supplier relationship […]

Telia-Veolia Case Study

We’ve published the latest example of Vested in practice, a case study describing how Telia – a Swedish telecom company – applied the Request for Partner process to get to a Vested agreement with Veolia, one of its long-time suppliers. Simply put, Vested helped them go from a supplier-buyer relationship to a true strategic partnership. […]

Trust the Price Tag?

The concept of a price tag is only about 140 years old. Prior to that transactions were a negotiation between buyer and seller. Basically, everything was a yard sale, with haggling expected. Today of course, haggling about the price of an airline seat or an entree at your favorite restaurant is a lost cause. The price […]

Most Negotiated vs. Most Important Contract Terms

It’s here! IACCM has released this year’s report on the most negotiated contract terms, which provides insight into the contracting practices of more than 2,100 organizations. One of the major insights of the survey identifies a disconnect between what is deemed most important in contract terms and the terms that are most… Click To Tweet […]