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Multisourcing: Moving Beyond Outsourcing to Achieve Growth And Agility

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About the Author

Linda Cohen is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where she leads the Strategic Sourcing practice. Allie Young is a Vice President, Gartner Research in the Strategic Sourcing practice.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (November 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591397979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591397977
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark P. McDonald VINE VOICE on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Multisourcing is such a new concept that it is a welcome surprise that Cohen and Young have been able to define a playbook for how companies source their capabilities intelligently. Cohen and Young point out that simple outsourcing of functions like IT is giving way to a more sophisticated approach to gain the efficiencies of sourcing while maintaining an ability to create competitive advantage. They call this approach "multisourcing" and it is a strong answer to critics who believe that sourcing is a lowest common denominator game.

Now it's easy to say that you can source strategically, it is a different thing to go through and show people how to do it. This book breaks down the strategy, selection and operation processes into seven readily accessible chapters.

Chapter 1 lays out the case for multisourcing and places it in a context that you can take to the CEO and Board as to why your company's approach to sourcing needs to change.

Chapter 2 discusses how to multisource strategically and link sourcing and strategy implementation. This is something everyone says they do, but few do it well. Cohen and Young provide several tools to help do this clearly and accurately.

Chapter 3 builds a sourcing strategy up from the business strategy with a focus on the business outcomes and expectations executives should have.

Chapter 4 addresses the issue of managing a multisourcing environment in terms of the governance and management techniques. As companies become more sourced, these are issues that will have to become core executive management competencies.

Chapter 5 provides guidance on how to evaluate and select service providers and discusses an approach the authors' call "Fast Track" that is very practical and results oriented.
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Relatively quick and breezy for a business book, but chock full of useful frameworks and decision guides. The book is light on theory but who needs theory at this point of the outsourcing game? The book delivers what I think most of us need which is useful information on making decisions about outsourcing and managing our outsourcers to deliver results.
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Not sure where some of these other reviewers are coming from. Basically the entire book is composed of frameworks, decision models, examples (from well-known companies like DuPont and Nike), etc. that can be lifted directly from the book and put into practice right away. This is by far the best outsourcing book I've seen (and I've seen a lot).

I wouldn't necessarily have given it 5 stars if these other reviewers weren't slamming it with ludicrous criticism but this is at least a 4 star book. (You might also note that the only people using "real names" are giving positive reviews)
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I agree this book is a very mixed bag...no 5 star winner or 1 star loser.

However, I found the outsourcing information pretty commonplace and the case studies more like industry journal sidebars. The hang up may be that the authors try to convey in consultant format(i.e., sales brochure) what the other outsourcing books did in just as well in practical terms.
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This book's practical approach and no nonsense style go a long way to making the sourcing problem manageable. The assessment tools and frameworks were especially useful. Definitely worth buying.
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I read a very positive review of the book in CIO magazine this month. And after reading the book I walked away with what amounts to some great new tools for managing my sourcing strategy. I'm very comfortable recommending this book.
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I was excited to see this book come out and am sad to see unmerited poor reviews. This book is filled with practical examples and is well written. The book is definately worth the $ and will be a useful reference for those interested in multisourcing.
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