Beyond Outsourcing

Calling all OEMs and EMS providers to participate in a groundbreaking supply chain research project.

I got an email last week from Charlie Barnhart, a supply chain consultant I've known for some time. It was an invitation for electronics OEM and EMS strategists to participate in a groundbreaking research project called “Beyond Outsource.”

The study will focus on strategies being developed by electronics OEMs and EMS providers for gaining competitive advantage in a cutthroat business — both through business process innovation in manufacturing and new relationships within the supply chain. In the first phase of the data collection, Charlie will be conducting on-site interviews on the West Coast the week of November 14. All qualified OEMs and EMS companies are welcome to participate. Those who participate will receive a complimentary executive summary of the study when it is published in the second quarter of 2012.

EBN will be keeping an eye on the project in the coming months. If you're interested in participating in the “Beyond Outsourcing” research project, email Charlie at, or visit Charlie Barnhart & Associates.

6 comments on “Beyond Outsourcing

  1. Daniel
    November 2, 2011

    Bruce, I think initially they can create an online survey and data capture forum to collect the relevant data’s from supply chain industry and OEM/EMS related peoples or customers across the globe. Now they are restricting themselves to a particular location/region. So the final research result may not reflect the global opinions. In second stage they can have a face to face or telephonic detailed data collection.

    November 2, 2011

    Sounds like a good idea but I agree with Jacob in that an online survey should also be offered for those companies unable to attend in person.

  3. jbond
    November 2, 2011

    I have to agree with the previous comments and wonder why this survey isn't being done online. To set this up in person on the West Coast eliminates a large number of companies and doesn't give you solid data points. By leaving out so many global companies you are limiting the capabilities of your survey and what the data truly means.

    There are plenty of companies that you can set up rather cheap surveys through, or you could even conduct phone interviews, at least this way you can include the entire globe.

  4. Ariella
    November 2, 2011

    Agreed, the higher the rate of participation, the more telling the results.

  5. Jennifer Read
    November 4, 2011

    Thanks for all the responses! Yes, confining our data collection to West Coast US and on-site interviews would be limiting. However, this is just the first stage; watch for more sites and an online component in the coming months. The report is tentatively scheduled to be complete by Q2 2012. For those wanting to participate, send me an email and I'll make sure you are included. 

    Jennifer Read

    Co-founder and Principal

    Charlie Barnhart & Associates LLC

  6. JADEN
    November 17, 2011

    Online Survey would have been a better idea to give a wide range of data collection and gives a better result and achievement.

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