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London: Wednesday 1st August 2012

Professional Outsourcing magazine has been appointed to the advisory board of the new Centre for Global Sourcing and Services at Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, and has also been chosen as media partner for the new centre.

The centre, led by Professor Ilan Oshri, will carry out independent research into key trends across areas such as captive shared services, outsourcing, offshoring and back-sourcing, with the aim of improving sourcing practice through ongoing engagement with both managers and policy-makers.

Managing Editor Chris Middleton said: "I'm delighted that Professional Outsourcing has been appointed to the advisory board and chosen as media partner for a brand new research centre at one of the UK's leading academic institutions. This magazine is founded on the principles of providing in-depth, independent research, expert analysis and thought leadership - aims that we share with Loughborough University School of Business and Economics. We look forward to working with the Centre for Global Sourcing and Services to bring our readers the very latest research from some of the leading academics in the field."

Professor Oshri said: "In many ways, this is a perfect time to launch a research centre on global sourcing of IT and business services. With mounting reports that many organisations struggle with their outsourcing and offshoring engagements, the unprecedented growth in shared service investments and - on the other hand - recent reports about significant back-sourcing, it has become imperative to understand the effects of such trends on management practices, policy making and society."

Oshri added: "Partnering with Professional Outsourcing is key to achieving the research centre's key objectives. First and foremost, we will work closely with the editorial team of Professional Outsourcing to disseminate the results of our independent research and achieve a high impact on the magazine's broad readership. At the same time, we will be looking for valuable input from the magazine and its readership about contemporary and long-term trends in the sourcing domain that will guide our research agenda."

The Centre draws upon an outstanding network of researchers from the School of Business and Economics, London School of Economics, Warwick Business School, Bath University and Said Business School

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Jonathan Yarlett

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