Reverse Logistics Magazine — January 2019, Edition 98

Five Rules to Strategic Outsourcing Cover story by Kate Vitasek in Reverse Logistics Magazine, Edition 98 All too often companies that outsource experience what University of Tennessee researchers call the Watermelon scorecard: SLAs (service level agreements) are green on the surface, but often neither the buying company nor the service provider are happy with the […]

Forbes — 24 January 2019 — Employees, Suppliers

Don’t Treat Your Employees Like Suppliers Forbes Blog article by Kate Vitasek published 24 January 2019 The war for talent is 20 years strong and has changed the way companies recruit and retain talented employees. While great strides have been made in how companies treat employees, many are still in the dark ages when it […]

Forbes — 21 January 2019 — Brexit, Trade and Logistics

Get Set For A Bumpy Trade And Logistics Ride In 2019 Forbes post by Kate Vitasek on 21 January 2019 A significant reshuffling of the top logistics countries is likely this year, largely because of Brexit and the potential for a trade war between the U.S. and China… Here’s the link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevitasek/2019/01/21/get-set-for-a-bumpy-trade-and-logistics-ride-in-2019/#2400b94bb2c7

SupplyChainBrain — November 2018

Tariffs Present an Opportunity for Supply Chain Collaboration Supply Chain Brain Think Tank article by Kate Vitasek published on 28 November 2018 Here’s one way to think about trade fights between governments: Tariffs are really tit-for-tat exercises in non-collaboration that make world trade more complicated and expensive — especially for the consumer caught in the middle… […]

Inside Supply Management Weekly — 14 January 2019

Focusing on Shared Vision and Statement of Intent The first of a series of articles on the Vested Five Rules and the 10 Elements by Kate Vitasek published 14 January in Inside Supply Management Weekly. Here is the link: http://ismmagazine.org/focusing-on-shared-vision-and-statement-of-intent/

Procurement Leaders — October 2018

The art of getting to ‘we’ in negotiations Thought Leaders article by Kate Vitasek published 10 October 2018 in Procurement Leaders Resource Library. There are many books on the art of negotiations and getting to ‘yes’. But few of those address what happens after the parties sign the contract. Have you ever found yourself in […]

Forbes — 30 September 2018

Three Ingredients For Food Startup Success Article by Kate Vitasek published 30 September 2018 in Forbes It’s a recipe for success when a small food startup can blend a great idea with the expertise of a food startup accelerator and the resources of a Fortune 500 company… Here is the link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevitasek/2018/09/30/three-ingredients-for-food-startup-success/#6afee58f7273

Corporate Real Estate Journal — Volume 8 (2018-19)

Comparing the why, what and how of performance-based and Vested Outsourcing models in CRE Article by Kate Vitasek and Michele Flynn in the latest issue of CREJ Volume 8 Number 1 The concepts of Vested outsourcing® (as developed by University of Tennessee researchers) and performance-based contracting have significantly risen in popularity as more and more […]

Outsource Magazine — June 2018

Prahalad and Hamel: Corporations and Core Competence Column by Kate Vitasek published 2 June 2018 in Outsource Magazine. Here’s the link: http://outsourcemag.com/prahalad-and-hamel-corporations-and-core-competence    

Contracting Excellence Journal — May 2018

Smarter way to harmonize all parties to the contract Article by Kate Vitasek published 30 May 2018 in IACCM’s Contracting Excellence Journal Do we exist within the contracting paradox – “the delusion that we write contracts to make plans, but we cannot really plan accurately,” and, as a nice twist, we trick ourselves into believing that […]