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  • Using Game Theory to Gain “Win-Win” Outsourcing Ventures

    By Kate Vitasek - Thursday November 22, 2012
    There’s a long line of economists and academics stretching past Adam Smith’s time that helps us understand the emergence and necessity of modern outsourcing. One of the most prominent in that line is the Nobel laureate John Nash. If you are familiar...
  • Automation in the Warehouse and DC Is a Matter of If, Not When

    By Natalia Kosk - Wednesday November 14, 2012
    Most people don’t like change. And when it comes to business, implementing new strategies or technology solutions to mitigate company functions can often be met with questions and sometimes even fall on deaf ears. But for those in the warehousing and...
  • A History Lesson in the Economics of Outsourcing

    By Kate Vitasek - Thursday October 18, 2012
    It may seem odd to talk about outsourcing and Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, in the same breath but—stay with me on this—it’s not far-fetched at all. In our research and work on the Vested approach to collaborative, outcome-based...
  • My Hat Goes Off to ASU Sustainability Dean Sander van der Leeuw

    - Tuesday October 9, 2012
    When the alumni magazine from Arizona State University (ASU) arrives, I usually flip through the pages quickly, looking for something that might catch my eye. In the most recent issue I made it all the way to page four when I saw the words, “UN names...
  • How to Reduce Costs from Procurement

    - Monday September 24, 2012
    What challenges are some of your customers facing in the area of procurement? Chances are your suppliers and your customers are facing similar problems and similar problems to you. What are your challenges in getting what you need? How could you get...
  • There’s a New ERP User in Town

    By Natalia Kosk - Monday September 24, 2012
    Call it what you will—whether a transformation, a technological shift or the end-result of business platform fusion—if enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms don’t respond proactively to consumer and market pressures to become more...
  • Introduction to “Academics of Outsourcing”

    By Kate Vitasek - Wednesday June 27, 2012
    There is a better way to outsource. I know this as a result of research and fieldwork conducted over many years in partnership with the University of Tennessee and the United States Air Force. Along the way I have joined forces with the International...
  • A Time for Change

    By Barry Hochfelder - Monday June 25, 2012
    There have been lots of songs about change: coming quickly to mind (and perhaps giving away my age) are Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and completely different songs called “Changes” by David Bowie, Phil Ochs and Tupac. Attending the...
  • Are You Ready for the Game Change?

    By Natalia Kosk - Monday June 25, 2012
    The Panama Canal expansion project, set for completion in 2014, is all about the economies of scale—operational efficiency, fuel efficiency, “Super Post-Panamax” vessels as a means to cost savings and larger TEUs. It’s evident that the project...
  • The Impact of Global Sporting Events on Your Business

    By Guy Courtin - Monday June 25, 2012
    Every two years there is a major footy tournament—or should I say soccer for my North American friends. The FIFA World Cup (next set for 2014 in Brazil) and UEFA European Cup are staggered so that they fall two years apart. Recognized as the world’s...
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