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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | February 20, 2018

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Talent

Internal or External Training: Which is Best?

September 21, 2017 |

Training is an integral part of every company’s strategy — or, at least, it should be. Learning and development are key elements of the success of a business, aided by the fact that effective training can significantly improve productivity and … Read More

Challenges in Global Chocolate Industry – Tackling Child Labor

August 4, 2017 |

As of 2016, the global chocolate industry is roughly a $100 billion industry1. The main resource required to support that industry is, of course, cocoa. Cocoa requires a very specific growing condition and as a result can only be grown … Read More

Offshore or Onshore? Why Global Organizations Are Taking a Closer Look at Having Cost-Saving Shared Service Centers Close to Home

July 28, 2017 |

The term “Shared Services Center” (SSC) has many meanings. For business organizations, they look to shared service centers to help streamline offerings and drive value through standardization and simplification. But for decision makers, this often poses challenges globally as they … Read More

The Rise of AI in HR – Are We More Ahead Of The Curve Than We Take Credit For?

July 28, 2017 | 1

It is no secret that effective talent acquisition and management is absolutely integral to wider business success. Any organisation is only as good as its people, but a tight labour market—coupled with notable skills shortages—has created a climate where the … Read More

Offshore Impact: Report From The Trenches

June 23, 2017 | 1

Almost every week in the last few months someone has asked me about the general mood on the streets of Bangalore. What are the IT professionals in the Silicon Valley of East making of the changes in the industry? How … Read More

From grad to CEO: recruiting with a long-term mind-set

May 26, 2017 |

By Richard Shea, Managing Director EMEA Search at Korn Ferry Futurestep

Wherever you look and whoever you talk to, we’re all being told the same thing – we’re facing a major talent shortage. This isn’t helped by an ever-increasing skills … Read More

Does outsourcing the management of your contingent workforce still make sense?

May 15, 2017 |

With all of the advances in vendor management technology (VMS), some companies are evaluating the idea of managing their cadre of non-employees internally. Much of the value brought to bear by a managed service provider (MSP) is typically in the … Read More

What are the benefits of outsourcing recruitment assessment for SMEs?

May 12, 2017 |

Recruitment is a serious matter for businesses of all sizes. It is a pricey process, both in terms of time and money. As such, we all enter into recruitment hoping to land an incredible employee who will add value to … Read More

Download your FREE contingent workforce management (CWM) report!

May 8, 2017 | 1

Readers of last week’s Outsource Monthly email were treated to a unique gift when they opened their mail: a free copy of a report produced by Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) with the support of Jay Lash entitled ‘A Business Case … Read More

What President Trump needs to know about software development outsourcing

May 5, 2017 |

Many US companies have turned to outsourcing their software development to get quality software that supports innovation, generates revenue, and grows their business while benefitting the US economy. However, current US political discussions raise concerns about offshored jobs.

With the … Read More

Is your supply chain free from human rights abuses?

May 2, 2017 | 1

A 2012 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that nearly 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, with the highest concentrations found in countries in central and southeastern Europe and in Africa. With complex global supply … Read More

The ‘gig economy’: from the margins to the mainstream

May 2, 2017 |

The ‘gig economy’ is a term that is hard to avoid nowadays. But what is it exactly and what does it mean for the outsourcing professional?

The so-called ‘gig economy’ is a term used to describe a labour market in … Read More

Three tips for growing a mid-sized business in a world of change

April 26, 2017 |

Businesses have never faced such complex political, economic, social and digital forces as they do today. For example:

  • In the UK, Theresa May has formally announced the country’s intention to leave the European Union.
  • Gartner predicts 20.8 billion connected … Read More

Life Lessons: Rick Sturge

April 10, 2017 | 1

Rick Sturge is EVP Business Development at Firstsource Solutions, with over two decades’ experience in outsourcing and business transformation. We turned to Rick for the latest in our Life Lessons series – and received lessons aplenty…

What has been the … Read More

‘Long-termism’: as crucial in talent management as in wider business strategies

April 7, 2017 | 1

Commentators have long debated the extent to which ‘short-termism’ (the concentration on short-term objectives for immediate profits) in business impacts both individual organisations and the wider economy. According to recent research, however, companies deliver significantly improved results when leaders manage … Read More

Here and elsewhere…

March 31, 2017 |

As well as having this column here, for the last couple of months I have also been writing a blog on the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) website (www.sig.org) and I thought it was about time I introduced Outsource readers to … Read More