Core Competencies

Prahalad and Hamel: Corporations and the Core Competency Concept

Posted: 07/31/2020 - 03:12
A core competency is the combination of resources and skills that distinguish a firm in the marketplace.

In 1990, two business academics, C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel, teamed to write one of the Harvard Business Review's most influential articles on the nature of the modern firm and, by extension, outsourcing. They introduced the concept of core competence, which they called the “most powerful way to prevail” in global commerce.

Training and Developing Procurement Professionals

Posted: 07/22/2020 - 03:30
Invest in a training program that suits the unique needs of procurement.

Training a company’s team members is a foundational step in running a company, but it is often forgotten when busy times hit. This is a big mistake. Putting the time and effort into designing a training program that suits the unique needs of procurement will drive more effective results in less time. Employees will be better equipped to manage the various situations and surprises that sourcing across numerous categories brings about.

Quinn and Hilmer: The Approach to Strategic Outsourcing

Posted: 08/03/2018 - 04:25
There’s outsourcing and then there’s strategic outsourcing. The distinction between the two seems obvious today but professors James Brian Quinn and Frederick G. Hilmer did groundbreaking work that identified and evaluated the core competencies that go into strategic outsourcing decisions in the early 1990s. Their findings are still practical today almost 20 years later. 
 
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