Right Sourcing book is out now!

Our new book, Right Sourcing: Enabling Collaboration, is now available for ordering at the publishers websites: US: http://lnkd.in/AWVXt6 UK: http://lnkd.in/vFCWZB

Read more about the book and the project at http://sourcing-it.org

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Rien Dijkstra, John Gøtze and Pieter van der Ploug are the editors. The foreword is written by Chris Potts, and contributing authors are Mette Axél, Thierry de Baillon, Joor Baruah, Oscar Berg, Joost van Boeschoten, Freddy Brugmans, Dick van Dijk, Edwin van Dis, Erik Doernenburg, Tom Graves, Johan den Haan, Jack van Hoof, Wouter Meijers, Steef Peters, Micha Schimmel, Menno Weij, and Rob Zuijderhoudt.

Right Sourcing – Enabling Collaboration puts forward the proposal that the modern enterprise must fundamentally rethink its ‘sourcing equation’ to become or remain viable. By presenting perspectives on sourcing from 21 different contributors, the editors hope to enable and inspire readers to make better-informed decisions.

We received some nice endorsements:

“Sourcing is a business theme which gets more and more attention. But making the right decisions is not easy. Sourcing is a wicked problem. This book provides valuable insights and concepts that will help to improve decisions with regard to sourcing. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to achieve right sourcing.”
Martin van den Berg
Enterprise Architect, Co-Founder of DYA and author of several books, including “Dynamic Enterprise Architecture: How to Make It Work”.

“Sourcing is becoming an increasingly complex task – one that requires fundamental changes in management thinking, radical new ways in which to communicate and deal with knowledge, and a totally new and different view of all the stakeholders. In this book leading thinkers in this space, do a great job in opening up the reader’s mind to possibilities for alternative solutions that integrate the human aspects in everything we do.”
François Gossieaux
Co-President Human 1.0 and author of “The Hyper-Social Organization”

“What most impressed me about this book is the scope of it’s coverage, and the level of academic rigor behind the analysis. The broad scope makes this relevant to senior executives concerned with strategy, operational executives accountable for results, and technologist on the ground. The academic rigor gives me confidence that the findings and recommendations are sound. This book will be the reference guide for anyone seriously involved in strategic sourcing.”
R. Lemuel Lasher
Global Chief Innovation Officer, CSC

“Thought provoking, occasionally frustrating and timely! As the theory of the firm is “tested” with evolving technology and globalization driving down transaction costs and enabling greater connectivity we’re presented with many different possibilities for business operating models. By exploring the perspectives of organization, economics, technology and people this book provides the reader with a compendium of theory, ideas and practical tips on “Right Sourcing” the business of IT and enabling different business models. The slightly idiosyncratic nature of a book with contributions from different authors only serves to engage the reader in the discussion. I hope the editors find a way to continue this discussion beyond the book!”
Adrian Apthorp
Head of Enterprise Architecture, DHL Express Europe

“The pursuit of sustainable development is one of the greatest challenges of our time. For this to succeed we must transform our current linear economy to a circular one. This calls for better coordination and collaboration between all players in product chains. Right-sourcing people, products and services is becoming an increasingly important topic therefore. This book provides the reader valuable insights and food for thought on right sourcing and collaboration.”
Prof. Dr. H.H.F. Wijffels
Utrecht Sustainability Institute (USI), University of Utrecht, The Netherlands


Right Sourcing


Some time ago, together with John Gøtze and Pieter van der Ploeg, I started a new book project: The Sourcing Initiative.

Given the complexity of modern organizations and the dependencies between the organization and its customers, employees, partners and suppliers, sourcing activities can be quite an endeavour. Without fully understanding the strategic, tactical and operational consequences, sourcing can also be a risky business and decisions can have serious repercussions.

Our proposition is that the modern enterprise must fundamentally rethink its ‘sourcing equation’ in order to become or remain viable. When the enterprise solves its sourcing equation, it has achieved what we call Right Sourcing. Right sourcing has great potential to help organizations to optimize the use of resources and to eliminate or reduce wastes of capital, human labour and energy. It also has the potential to create adaptive organizations that stimulate, enable and improve collaboration for the mutual benefit of all of the parties involved.

To further explore the idea of right sourcing, we invited a variety of experts to write contributions for this book. We were interested in finding ways to improve the sourcing strategy and decision making. We also wanted to explore the parameters and circumstances that influence the success of right sourcing and make the dependencies with respect to people, organization, technology and economics visible and explicit and to make better informed decisions possible.

Editors Rien Dijkstra, John Gøtze and Pieter van der Ploeg are proud to present the forthcoming book, Right Sourcing: Enabling Collaboration, a collective effort from a number of experienced contributors from 7 countries.

Read more on the book’s website.

Dijkstra, R., Gøtze, J., Ploeg, P.v.d. (eds.) (2013) Right Sourcing: Enabling Collaboration. AuthorHouse.