In her latest contribution to HfS Research, contributing analyst Deborah Kops of sourcingchange.com delves into the trials and tribulations of shared services leaders tasked with selling the value to their internal customers...
"In most organizations, believe it or not, shared services delivery models (read: centralization of operations through outsourcing or shared services…or both) is still optional. While the C-suite huffs about new business models and efficiencies, they often espouse the “Build it and they will come” approach, neglecting to use their considerable clout to really change the way the organization works.
"So the poor shared services team is left holding the bag, thinking they’ll get good air cover from the top brass, yet finding out very quickly that they are no different from a third party provider when it comes to sales and marketing. Yet few have the experience or the expertise to go out hat in hand, selling the model as a truly compelling proposition.
"Ultimately, shared services success is simply about growth. If, like a provider, the model can scale across the enterprise, it’s a raging success. But getting there is the trick. In her latest article for HfS Research, Deborah likens shared services growth to eating sushi—most people will eat the ingredients individually, but few like the wrapper..."
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