Research & Insight


How Sophisticated Consumers, Globalization, and the Economy are Changing How Companies Compete

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Changes in the global economy and new demands by consumers have radically altered the business landscape, according to M.S. Krishnan. In light of four game-changing trends, he believes companies must focus on the centrality of the individual and on access to resources, not ownership of them, or what he calls N=1 and R=G. Read about how to apply his recipe for success.

Companies Need Customer Expectation Management Because Successful Customers Create Profitable Businesses

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Competition is fueling customer churn and testing customer loyalty. Vijayalakshmi S. Paduvalli describes how customer expectation management helps companies extend market share and expand relationships in today’s challenging economy.

Why Shell Created an ‘Ecosystem’ of Three Suppliers When It Outsourced its IT Infrastructure

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Instead of outsourcing its IT infrastructure to just one supplier that takes care of everything, Shell chose to outsource to best-of-breed suppliers. It created an IT ecosystem designed to encourage three suppliers to work together. Read how they made multi-sourcing a success.

How Hot Spot Teams Innovate

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Lynda Gratton at the London Business School has studied teams for the last five years. She explains how to encourage hot spots, a business environment where ideas and excitement ignite teams, who then solve problems and innovate.

How to Improve Knowledge Management in New Product Development Projects

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Companies that hope to capture market share when the economy turns must continue to invest in new product development. Knowledge management in R&D is difficult because the valuable learning is tacit knowledge, which is hard to codify. Professor Keith Goffin describes the best ways to do this.

How Outsourcing Helped a Utilities Company Save $16 Million While Lowering Security Risk, Improving Client Satisfaction, and Flexibly Working through an Extremely Challenging Acquisition

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

PSEG wanted to increase value on IT spend and tasked CompuCom with providing end-user support services to more than 11,000 users across 85 locations. They’ve worked flexibly together to ensure their interests remain aligned in developing solutions that increase productivity and decrease down time. Within three years, PSEG realized $16 million in IT services cost savings.

How Outsourced IT Provided Wireless for the Citizens, Cut the Crime Rate, and Helped Minneapolis During a Crisis

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

This relationship captured the best in show award because it demonstrated excellence in partnering while revamping the city’s IT infrastructure, including installing a city-wide Wi-Fi network. This new infrastructure played a crucial role in the city’s swift response to the I-35 bridge collapse and the success of the Republican National Convention when the entire nation was watching.

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