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Integrating Acquisitions into Shared Services

Introduction Even when Shared Services is involved early in the typically complex Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) process, carrying out the actual integration with an existing operation can be quite challenging.  With often daunting issues faced in such areas as technology, … Continue reading

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Impact of Multiple Facilities for a Common Team

Introduction The basic principles of Shared Services are to transition work from multiple locations to a centralized location, where centralized delivery is accomplished by a business that is responsive to customer needs, rather than a traditional view of centralization that … Continue reading

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Outsourcing the Master Data Management Process

Introduction One of the fastest growing processes in popularity to be housed in a Shared Services environment is that of Master Data Management (MDM).  Once the process is in Shared Services, some companies have taken the next step and transitioned … Continue reading

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Site Selection for Shared Services in Asia-Pacific

 Introduction For companies that have moved beyond a country-by-country design to leverage scale across geographies, the most common model is to have a physical location that supports one or more geographic regions.  Servicing business activity in the Asia-Pacific region often … Continue reading

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Knowledge Retention in Shared Services

Introduction Making the transition from decentralized processing for back-office processes to Shared Services, where teams support many different company operations that are often long distances and multiple time zones away, requires process standards and consistency.  While it’s been decades since … Continue reading

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Driving Employee Engagement and Development within Shared Services

Introduction The foundation of any Shared Services organization is their people. As leaders, it’s critical to create an environment that keeps them engaged through a combination of challenging assignments, coaching and mentoring, a career path, and well-designed compensation and incentive … Continue reading

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Translating Shared Services Communication Materials

Introduction Many Shared Services organizations span multiple geographies, with a requirement for team members who speak multiple languages. In addition to supporting live conversations, internal communication materials for team members including periodic newsletters and reports to the Global Shared Service … Continue reading

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Taking Shared Services Quality to the Next Level

Introduction Quality, along with cost, productivity, and customer satisfaction, has always been one of the four primary measures of success in Shared Services.  There are a variety of approaches to achieving high levels of quality performance, with some companies utilizing … Continue reading

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Utilization of Shared Services Operating Model Alternatives

Introduction Over the past few decades, the Shared Services model has become increasingly popular as more companies adopt this powerful organizational design.  As the model has matured, the number of alternative designs has also increased, with a variety of options … Continue reading

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Defining the Responsibilities of Global Process Owners (GPO)

Introduction The use of Global Process Owners is an organizational design that has been around for a number of years now and is widely accepted at most companies utilizing a Shared Services organizational structure.  While the concept of the Global … Continue reading

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