Forbes — February 2017 — Comic Contracts

Comic Contracts: A Novel Approach To Contract Clarity And Accessibility Column by Kate Vitasek published 14 February on Forbes.com Beware the fine print is the oft-repeated expression heard in almost any deal or contract negotiation. It’s good advice that too often is ignored in daily life and job situations—especially among those segments of the population […]

BPI Network — February 2017

Collaborative Contracts and Competitive Bidding: Not Mutually Exclusive! Article by Kate Vitasek published on 13 Feb. 2017 by the BPI Network Views & Commentary site. Can collaboration and competition co-exist to create the best contract bidding relationships?… Here’s the link: http://bpinetwork.org/thought-leadership/views-commentary/434/collaborative_contracts_and_competitive_bidding_not_mutually_exclusive  

Outsource Magazine — February 2017

Robert Kurzban: why everyone else is a hypocrite… Article by Kate Vitasek published 7 February 2017 in Outsource Magazine. 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… Here is the […]

Adopt a “Two-in-a-Box” Partner for Efficient Outsourcing Governance

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. It’s good to see that virtually all of the major advisory firms are now incorporating solid governance frameworks into their contracts. Software companies are […]

LinkedIn Pulse — Getting to We article

Take Five Giant Steps to Collaborative Relationships Article by Kate Vitasek published 25 Jan. 2017 on LinkedIn Pulse Here’s the link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/take-five-giant-steps-collaborative-relationships-kate-vitasek?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish

Into the Lists

This is the time of year when lists abound, usually featuring the numbers 7 or 10: The ten best articles of the previous year, the top seven trends that will shape the future of the coming year – it’s a time-honored tradition that has only become more prevalent in the internet age. Lists are also […]

Outsource Magazine — January 2017 — Hart, Holmstrom

Hart, Holmstrom: Contract theory and incomplete contracts Kate Vitasek’s column published online on 6 January 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… Here’s […]

Supply Chain 24/7 — 20 December 2016

McDonald’s “Secret Sauce” for Supply Chain Success Article by Kate Vitasek published by Supply Chain 24/7 on 20 December 2016 — it was chosen for online publication from a feature article on Vested’s McDonald’s case study in Supply Chain Management Review (which is subscription only). Is there a “secret sauce” for consistent supply chain success? McDonald’s, […]

Forbes — 20 December 2016

Philadelphia Is Modernizing Procurement Regs For Modern Needs Article by Kate Vitasek published by Forbes on 20 December 2016. The City of Philadelphia is on track to comprehensively modernize its “old-school” procurement regulations, which have not changed since 1951… Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/hpafbxp

Christmas Stocking Stuffers

What are professionals with a Vested frame of mind looking for as they place their Christmas stocking on the fireplace mantle this year? Here are some of the items I hope Santa will seriously consider leaving for procurement, outsourcing and supply chain professionals to prepare them for the post-Brexit, new-Globalization, and Trump World eras: A […]