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Shared Services

Mining for Corporate Gold

Barbara Quinn, Robert Cooke, Andrew Kris

Nov 1999, Paperback, 256 pages
ISBN13: 9780273644552
ISBN10: 0273644556
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"This book is required reading for executives in charge of or part of a corporate staff function. Well written in a way that engages the reader to rethink what and how we deliver value as staff groups."

Gordon D. Shank, Chief Marketing Officer, Levi Strauss & Company

"There really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and this book is it. It should be required reading for any company contemplating shared services and for those that already have them who are looking for the next steps."

H. Glen Walker, Vice President Finance and CFO for Europe, MEA and Asia, Whirlpool Corporation

"Provides a thoughtful analysis of the benefits of a consolidated service structure. Executives and managers responsible for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of core functions will find the book particularly useful."

John E. Cleghorn, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Royal Bank of Canada

The challenge of reducing costs and increasing efficiency is one that faces large and small companies alike. As competition intensifies in every market, it's not surprising that organizations should be seeking new ways of reducing overheads and improving the efficiency of their internal units.

Organizations can either hack out inefficient staff group bureaucracies and hand them over to eager consulting outsource suppliers or adopt the only new creative business strategy to come along in the last fifty years: shared services.

"Finally a truly insightful and easy-to-understand reference on how to build and manage shared services the right way...Should be on the ‘must read list’ for any executive considering implementing shared services or needing a different approach to get the most from supporting services."

Dennis Wymore, Manager Shared Services Consulting, Shell Services International, Inc.

"Quinn, Cooke and Kris have combined their very considerable experience and insight into shared services with the learnings from dozens of top flight companies to produce a first class guide to setting up solid customer driven shared services operations which produce real ‘gold ’ in the bottom line. This book is a must for any manager trying to establish or improve shared services operations."

Dr Richard D.Hays, author of Internal Service Excellence: a Guide to Building World Class Internal Service Excellence

Shared Services enables companies to retain internal control of core functions while still maximizing on cost efficiencies. The concept is simple: bring together functions that are frequently duplicated across divisions, subsidiaries or operating units and offer these services more efficiently and at a lower cost, through a shared services centre.

Shared Services: Mining for Corporate Gold provides an understanding of what shared services really is. It outlines how to assess its viability for your organization and how to proceed with planning and implementing it. Providing in depth coverage from the initial size- up, assessing outsourcing possibilities, establishing the infrastructure and shifting the culture, it is the definitive guide to shared services.

"Shared services offer the potential to transform the competitiveness of European Enterprises in the coming decade. This empirically-based study outlines important lessons from leading-edge companies and provides busy executives – in both the public and private sectors – with a checklist for action. "

Andrew Tank, Executive Director, The Conference Board Europe

"The shared services concept is an idea whose time has come. This book is essential reading for anyone trying to put the concept into practice. "

Peter Moller, Partner in charge of European shared services, Arthur Andersen

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