All businesses today have to focus on core processes. For most of them the list is not only short but fairly standard: product development, activities around selling and route to market, and supply chain. Relinquishing control of core processes is not a decision that is taken lightly.
At the same time it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to maintain expertise in all these areas. There is a global ‘war for talent’ underway with the best people understandably preferring employers that can offer the greatest opportunities in their chosen field. The world is increasingly complex, too, with product sourcing across continents and an ever burgeoning raft of regulations to cope with.