March, 2012

Relational Outsourcing as a practical contracting and management model is finally coming into its own

p>Outsourcing of business operations is a growing trend in the U.S.  In-house employees are replaced by a firm which handles the business using its own staff. Such agreements, writes Dennis F. Penepacker of Chicago’s Meyer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP, require the closest kind of relationships between the parties. He argues that neither the command-and-control mechanisms of in-house operations nor...

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Relational Outsourcing: Contracting Will Never Be The Same!

When I was asked to review a new seminar on outsourcing contracting I have to admit that the “been there – done that” sentiment almost immediately came to mind. It is not that I am naturally cynical it is just that so many seminars relating to the contracting process seem to advocate a dot the “I’s” and cross the “T’s” adversarial approach that does little if anything to ensure...

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A 2003 article detailing the failure of outsourcing in the U.S. Postal Service may in fact be at the root of present day financial troubles for the independent agency

The mailers failed to tell the commission, however, that several outsourcing arrangements that replaced qualified postal employees with low-wage workers cost the Postal Service billions of dollars. In Chicago, on April 29, APWU President William Burrus set the record straight: Invited to testify about the strengths and weaknesses of the current collective bargaining process, he took a few moments...

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