Teams and Social Norms

I’ve talked about the need for establishing guiding principles—or social norms—for negotiating and operating strategic contract relationships but Social norms are applicable and important for company team dynamics Click To Tweet . It’s important that the norms embodied in the “what’s in it for we?” contract negotiation process be firmly embedded throughout the organization, or […]

Carillion Needed a Strong Dose of Vested

Carillion, the large British multinational facilities management and construction services company that went bankrupt early this year, is a textbook example of how not to collaborate, communicate and well, do business. Julie Jackson, managing director at OCS Group, summed up the situation nicely in a recent article for FMWorld. “If we can’t agree on a different way […]

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 […]

Heed the Power of Love

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding over the weekend was all the buzz in the UK and in the U.S.  But the person that is still getting attention is Bishop Michael Curry, whose “power of love” sermon was something the Royal family had probably never seen before. His message left some people raising their […]

SupplyChainBrain — 2018 Resource Guide — Vested articles

Go for ‘Best Fit’ – Not ‘Best Practice’ — Metrics Avoid Strategic Drift in Your 3PL Relationship with a Sound Governance Structure The articles by Kate Vitasek and Karl Manrodt were published in SCB’s  2018 Resource Guide.  

Retailers/Manufacturers: Try Some SC Collaboration

Have you been to a mall lately? Does anyone even bother to go to the mall anymore? How is it that in a strong economy, retailers – Toys R Us, Bon-Ton, Macy’s – are having such… Click To Tweet ? Dan Gilmore, editor of SupplyChainDigest, addressed this problem in a recent First Thoughts column and […]

Outsource Magazine — April 2018

Lacity and Willcocks: The Dynamic Duo of Dynamic Outsourcing Practice Column by Kate Vitasek published 27 April 2018 by Outsource Magazine Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/ycp4baqb

Outsource Magazine — March 2018 — 2-in-a-Box

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is all the rage and for a good reason. Far too many “strategic” contracts have been developed (especially outsourcing contracts) that do not include sound SRM practices.

Outsource Magazine — March 2018 — Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler: Writing Contracts for Humans Article by Kate Vitasek published by Outsource Magazine on 15 March 2018. Nobel laureate Richard Thaler understands the “human” side of economics. He’s a founding member of behavioral economics and most recently won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences… Here’s the link: http://outsourcemag.com/richard-thaler-writing-contracts-for-humans