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Shared services - Implementation and continuous evolution (Article 2 of 3)

T. N. Van der Linde, A. L. Boessenkool, C. J. Jooste
Acta Commercii | Vol 6, No 1 | a111 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v6i1.111 | © 2006 T. N. Van der Linde, A. L. Boessenkool, C. J. Jooste | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 December 2006 | Published: 06 December 2006

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T. N. Van der Linde, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
A. L. Boessenkool, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
C. J. Jooste, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

Purpose: Now that an organisation understands the concept of shared services (Article 1), it needs to implement shared services as a business model. The purpose of this second article in the trilogy is to describe the phases during the implementation process, as well as the various models through which a shared services business unit will evolve to continuously add value to the organisation.

Methodology: A comprehensive literature study was conducted in order to: - Determine the steps in implementing a shared services business model, - Determine the various models associated with a shared services business unit, - Determine how the continuous evolution of shared services results in moving from one shared services model to the next shared services model.

Findings: In this article, a framework is generated to help organisations understand the various phases and steps it needs to go through to successfully implement a shared services business unit. This work has further potential: when applied correctly, organisations will provide a business environment where effectiveness and efficiency is a given.

Implications: This article presents the context for organisations to implement a shared services business model and to continuously evolve from one shared services business model to the other to create value for the organisation. The findings are important for organisations that are in the process of implementing or have implemented shared services, as they can easily stagnate and fall into the trap of centralisation.

Value: This article provides an understanding of what is required for the successful implementation of shared services. This value is further enhanced through continuous evolution from a basic shared services business model to the virtual shared services business model and beyond.


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