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Choosing the Right Organizational Structure for Vendor Management Is Crucial to Operational Success

Published: 15 December 2015

ID: G00293345

Analyst(s): Kris Doering, Edward Weinstein


A formal IT VM function will establish the foundation for defining roles, responsibilities and relationships among IT, procurement, sourcing, VM and business unit leadership. Leaders who are building out a VM practice must identify the best structure for their organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify, Define and Assign IT VM Responsibilities Within Your Organization
  • Select the VM Organizational Structure That Best Suits Your Business by Evaluating Each Structure's Strengths and Weaknesses Against the Desired Scope of the VMO
  • Recognize the Influence of Your Enterprise's Work Style in Determining the Most Effective VM Organizational Structure for Your Organization

Case Studies

  • Case Study No. 1: Centralized Structure
  • Case Study No. 2: Decentralized Structure
  • Case Study No. 3: Hybrid Structure

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