Kate Vitasek (born September 19, 1968) is an American author and educator. Vitasek is a lead researcher at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on the Vested outsourcing business model, sourcing business model theory, the relational contract, and collaborative business relationships. She is a faculty member in the Haslam College of Business Graduate and Executive Education program at the University of Tennessee.
At University of Tennessee, Vitasek researches business models. In 2010, Vitasek and two researchers codified their findings on the Vested business model into a methodology to enable organizations to create collaborative relationships. Vitasek’s work on the Vested business model led to what is known to as Sourcing Business Model theory. Many of Vitasek's books are about Vested outsourcing. Vitasek has also done research for the U.S. Air Force on issues relating to contracting logistics and transportation.
Reviews of works
Vested Outsourcing (2010) describes how to outsource business processes or services. The book identifies potential issues in outsourcing and how companies can best work together for a good outsourcing relationship. Hollye Moss, professor at the Western Carolina University, wrote that the book "takes a new approach to the relationship, creating a win-win scenario. It is well-written, easy to read, and thought-provoking." Booklist wrote that Vested: How P&G, McDonald's and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships (2012) was a "lively presentation" by the authors and that it "should appeal to businesspeople willing to take a chance on trust and transparency to produce transformative results."
Awards and recognition
Vitasek was recognized by The Journal of Commerce as a “Woman on the Move in Trade and Transportation” and as a “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity for her contributions to building the supply chain profession. For her work on Vested, she was named one of Globalization Today’s “Powerhouse 25” outsourcing industry leaders. Other accolades include recognition by Logistics Quarterly and Supply Chain Digest as a “Woman in Supply Chain,” honored as a “Woman of International Influence” by Global Executive Women, and being named on the Global Sourcing Association’s inaugural “A-List.”
- Vitasek, Kate; Ledyard, Mike (2013). Vested Outsourcing, Second Edition: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing (2nd ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1137297190.
- Vitasek, Kate; et al. (2011). The Vested Outsourcing Manual (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230112684.
- Vitasek, Kate; et al. (2012). Vested: How P&G, McDonald's, and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230341705.
- Keith, Bonnie; et al. (2016). Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy: Harnessing the Potential of Sourcing Business Models for Modern Procurement (1st ed.). NewYork: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1137552181.
- Vitasek, Kate; et al. (2013). Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1137297181.
- Vitasek, Kate; et al. (2012). The Vested Way: How a "What’s in it for We" Mindset Revolutionizes Business Relationships (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230342101.
- Palmer, Alex (May 2017). "The Rise of Branded Currency". Incentive. 191 (3): 24 – via EBSCOhost.
- Mark, Ken (October 2011). "Beyond the Shell Game". Canadian Transportation & Logistics. 114 (10): 16–19 – via EBSCOhost.
- "Kate Vitasek". Haslam College of Business. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- Moore, Peter (February 2013). "Re-Imagining the Shipper/Carrier Relationship". Logistics Management. 52 (2): 21 – via EBSCOhost.
- Mullen, Hank (February 2010). "Masters class: Negotiating LTL costs". Logistics Management. Archived from the original on March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018 – via HighBeam Research.
- Moss, Hollye (June 27, 2010). "How to Outsource Your Business to Success". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved March 18, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The five golden rules to transforming outsourcing partnerships: as co-author of a new book entitled 'Vested Outsourcing,' Kate Vitasek--a leading academic from the University of Tennessee--outlines the ten key ailments that commonly afflict outsourced partnerships, and presents five golden rules for success". Supply Chain Europe. May 2010. Archived from the original on March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018 – via HighBeam Research.
- Carroll, Mary (July 2012). "Vested: How P&G, McDonald's, and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships". Booklist. 108 (21): 19 – via EBSCOhost.
- "Kate Vitasek | Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy". archive.outsourcemag.com. Retrieved March 18, 2018.