Master Services Agreement? Or Master-Slave Agreement?

Master Services Agreements: love ‘em? hate ‘em? The intent of an MSA is a good thing as it helps foster a more strategic relationship by typically creating a contracting vehicle where additional work can be flexibly added. In short, it sets out the legal “rules” of the relationship. However (and unfortunately) all too often the road […]

The Power of Ts and Cs – Squared

At the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) conference last week a speaker mentioned that the contracting community needs to rethink standard contract Terms and Conditions—or Ts and Cs. He challenged the group think about “squaring” them to include Trust and Collaboration, as in T2 and C2. Why? Because contracting remains stuck in the […]

Relational Contracting: Overcoming the Paradox

It’s not too late to escape the contracting paradox! Click To Tweet Wait! What is that you ask? The latest white paper from the University of Tennessee, the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) and Lindahl Law Firm explains why relational contracting is necessary to get past this paradox. What exactly is the […]

What do the 2016 Nobel Prize winners in economics teach us about Vested and alternative Sourcing Business Models? – Pt. 2

This post was written by David Frydlinger, Kate Vitasek and Henrik Järleskog.   When Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström won the Nobel prize in economics last week, many Vested followers reached out asking the question, “How does their research align with the What’s in it for We (WIIFWe) mindset and approaches of the Vested sourcing […]

What do the 2016 Nobel Prize winners in economics teach us about Vested and alternative Sourcing Business Models? – Pt 1

This post was written by David Frydlinger, Kate Vitasek and Henrik Järleskog.   On October 10th we learned that the 2016 Nobel Prize in economic science was awarded to professors Bengt Holmström (MIT) and Oliver Hart (Harvard) for their work in contract theory. This Nobel Prize is of great practical importance in daily business. For […]

Huge Welcome to SIREAS, the Newest Vested Center of Excellence (CoE)!

I’d like to formally welcome SIREAS as our latest Vested Center of Excellence!  SIREAS announced the official debut as a Center of Excellence in a Business Wire press release Monday. SIREAS is corporate real estate (CRE) and outsourcing management consulting firm. SIREAS’ leadership includes visionary EMS and HIPEROS founder Michele Flynn as Executive Chairman and President, and CEO Ingrid […]

Avoid the Catch-22 Moment

A Catch-22 is a paradoxical, no-win situation that comprises contradictory and circular logic. For instance, someone needs a pass to enter an office building, but in order to get the pass you have to visit an office in that building. The term was coined by Joseph Heller in his WW II novel of the same […]