Kate Vitasek

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Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative relationships.   Vitasek, a Faculty member at the University of Tennessee, has been lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce.    Her work has led to 6 books, including: Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships and Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships.

Vitasek is known for her practical and research-based advice for driving transformation and innovation through highly-collaborative and strategic partnerships.   She has been appeared on CNN International, Bloomberg, NPR, and on Fox Business News.  Her work has been featured in over 300 articles in publications like Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Commerce, World Trade Magazine and Future of Sourcing.

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May 30, 2013    0

This month’s blog honours best-selling author Cynthia Barton Rabe, author of The Innovation Killer. Tragically, Rabe passed away in 2011, killed by a hit and run driver at age 47—just five years after her revolutionary book on innovation was published.

Rabe’s lessons follow nicely after my ...

Apr 18, 2013    0

If you are familiar with the Vested approach and the books and articles I’ve written on collaboration and trust, you know about the importance I place on sharing value in business relationships.

You might say it’s the way that capitalism will take business and value creation to a new and more sustainable level in the twenty-first century. And it’s also why I’ve taken much too long to write about...

Apr 10, 2013    0


This article was co-authored by Rob Urbanowicz, Principal and Owner of The Geehan Group, and originally appeared in Outsource magazine Issue #31 Spring 2013.


As the outsourcing market has matured over the last 15 years, many service providers have developed capabilities that go beyond the original scope of delivery to their...

Mar 08, 2013    0

I often talk about the need for insightful governance as an essential part of business frameworks. In fact, it’s what Vested’s Rule 5 is all about. So I was happy to learn about the work of two scholars from Italy’s University of Salerno who have taken this idea a vital step forward.

Giovanni Vaia and Aurelio Tommasetti are fellow...

Jan 31, 2013    0

I’ve talked a lot about “economic rationality” in outsourcing and business relationships in a globalised marketplace. This blog is dedicated to Paul Krugman, an economist and Nobel laureate, who fights for rationality mostly against great odds from within and without the economic community.

Krugman is a widely-read columnist for the New York Times, a prolific author of books and articles, and a frequent speaker and guest on news programs. He has a...

Dec 05, 2012    0

I’ve talked at length in this series recently about how academics and big thinkers have buttressed the importance of trust and collaboration in outsource deals. While it may seem like an anomaly, or at least a new idea, to mention cooperation and contracts in the same breath, it’s neither.

In fact cooperation is vital to the long-term success of contracts, as David Campbell and Donald Harris pointed out in 1993 in the ...

Nov 07, 2012    0

We know that trust, ethical behaviour and collaboration go hand-in-hand in our personal and social relationships. But how widespread are those things in our business and outsourcing relationships? Obviously they should be!

This is why I have chosen to feature Kenneth Arrow, an American economist and the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics with John Hicks in 1972...

Oct 04, 2012    0

This article originally appeared in Outsource Magazine Issue #29 Autumn 2012


After two years of blogging for Outsource I hope readers have at least heard of Vested Outsourcing and maybe even read one of our three books. But perhaps you have some doubts and concerns, so you are still waiting on the sidelines. All too often we hear, “I like the theory of Vested, but does it really work in the real world?...

Aug 02, 2012    0

This month’s column pays a tribute to Elinor Ostrom, who shared the Nobel Prize award in economic science in 2009 with Oliver Williamson. Ostrom, who died at age 78 on June 12, was cited by the Nobel Committee for “her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons,” a term that refers to resources that are owned or shared in common among communities...

Jun 12, 2012    0

Too often people and businesses are locked into either destructive I-win-you-lose relationships, or what I often call a “ping pong” match where you are in a so-so relationship but either don’t know there is a better way or don’t have the courage to get out because things are not actually bad.

Luckily, things are changing and people are starting to wake up to the fact that win-win approaches are real – and offer real advantage and are worth...

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