Global sourcing: Creating competitive advantage in the marketplace

December 2010
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Global sourcing:  Creating competitive advantage in the marketplace

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Global sourcing solutions can also deliver important strategic benefits and cost reduction

The economic downturn and escalating pressure on corporate profitability have combined to focus the spotlight firmly on organizational inefficiencies. To succeed in these tough times, global organizations must effectively manage complexity, gain efficiencies and reduce costs. Many companies have turned to global sourcing solutions to achieve these objectives. Global sourcing, which comprises domestic and offshore outsourcing and shared services solutions, can be an extremely effective means to achieving strategic operational gains and cost savings. A recent PwC/Duke Offshoring Research Network study found that the top four drivers of global sourcing are cost savings, access to qualified personnel, enhancing efficiency through business process re-design, and competitive pressures.