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Overview

  • Global sourcing has been around for ages: first as commodity sourcing, then IT sourcing and now as activity or process sourcing.
  • Global sourcing provides significant cost and quality benefits to U.S. companies.
  • However, for many companies these benefits are short lived.
  • This center specializes in making these benefits sustainable over time.

Charter

The center, through academic research and discussions with industry leaders, will have as its mission:

To make global sourcing sustainable for people, organizations, and society.

This will entail a consideration of several issues:

  • How to decide if global sourcing is right for an organization?
  • What aspects of business can and should be sourced globally and why?
  • How best to implement various steps in global sourcing life cycle?
  • How to effectively manage global sourcing relationships?
  • What are the long term impacts of global sourcing?