New concepts that will forever change procurement In recent years, the concepts of Vested Outsourcing (as developed by University of Tennessee researchers led by Kate Vitasek) and the Best Value Performance Information Procurement System (Best Value PIPS, developed by Dean Kashiwagi at the Performance Based Studies Research Group of Arizona State University) have significantly gained in popularity. Leading private sector and public governments are not only beginning to use the methods, but openly endorse them as superior to time honored and tested traditional procurement approaches. Professional associations such as NEVI-Purspective are fully behind both methods, promoting both as ways to help procurement professionals propel the world of procurement to a better place.
In this paper the concepts of Vested Outsourcing (hereafter Vested) and Best Value
PIPS (hereafter BV) are compared. Vested and the BV approach share many of the
same principles. Both focus on the supplier’s expertise, both think win-win and both
consider value above “price”. However, BV and Vested are distinctly different in
their focus, application, methodology, and business needs. This article explores the
similarities and describes some major differences of these two research-based