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Global Business Services & Sourcing

Improving client satisfaction through fast, accurate, and consistent service at scale
We support organizations on end-to-end journeys to develop their global business-services and -sourcing programs, including shared-services strategy, setup, scale-up, and shared-services transformation through next-generation digital and analytics solutions.

What we do

Design shared-services and sourcing strategies

Create an organization’s shared-services- and sourcing-strategy blueprints, including defining key design options and their trade-offs to provide clear parameters for decision making

Implement shared-services and sourcing strategies

Implement shared-services and sourcing strategies, including setting up shared-services centers, providing overall project management, and introducing and integrating the shared-services offering to the wider organization

Transform shared-services operations

Transform shared-services operations by leveraging next-generation levers, including implementing automation, digital, and advanced analytics, and by guiding operating-practice improvement to sustain the shared-services impact

Build capabilities

Develop an organization’s capabilities to ensure sustainable and long-lasting impact, enabling transformations to achieve their full potential and delivering education and training through customized programs to achieve organization-specific objectives


productivity increase


increase in stakeholder satisfaction


shared-services and functional experts

Examples of our work

Restructuring a Middle Eastern shared-services entity

A Middle Eastern shared-services provider wanted to become the region’s shared service partner of choice. High-cost, limited delivery capabilities across its business-process outsourcing offerings, limited digitization capabilities, and nonstandardized processes had resulted in poor stakeholder-satisfaction scores and low target-market penetration.

By restructuring the organization and launching targeted initiatives, we designed an entity that could support the sustained growth the provider sought over the midterm. Initiatives included sourcing at-scale capabilities at an 85 percent lower cost, institutionalizing practices (such as career-path mapping, lean process design, and capacity planning), and revamping board governance.

Implementing global business services at scale for an industrial-engineering global leader

We implemented global business services at scale for an industrial-engineering global leader, delivering $80 million to $90 million in savings and affecting more than 4,000 full-time equivalents. Execution of the implementation program occurred over approximately 24 months, including more than 12 months of support by McKinsey and a third-party implementation partner in a build-operate-transfer model.

Scaling up, merging, and spinning off a global shared-services network

We helped a global materials-and-agricultural company set and achieve bold aspirations for integrating more than ten centers and splitting into two independent organizations. We undertook this process while significantly scaling up the company’s operations and enabling efficiency improvements of 20 percent to support significant synergy creation.

Featured capabilities

Global business services academy: Our program offers capability building and training for shared-services leaders and their top talent-team members.

Global business services playbook: Our comprehensive guide helps organizations set up, scale, and transform shared services. It has more than 30 modules and guides a structured, step-by-step journey.

Global Business Services 360: Our complete diagnostic-to-implementation tool drives world-class service operations. It assesses performance and compares it with internal and external benchmarks to diagnose performance gaps. It uses industry best practices and experts to design customized solutions and to capture value in pilots and subsequent waves.

Location readiness index: Our framework evaluates readiness of a country or city of interest for global sourcing by pinpointing gaps to help define entry strategies (for companies) and policy interventions (for governments). The analysis can help organizations select the best fit for a single- or multisite shared-services center, create a business case for outsourcing or offshoring, identify the shared-services footprint of specific companies, and understand the latest trends in location selection.

Digital back office: Our comprehensive framework accelerates value in shared-services and service-operations environments. The approach focuses on three dimensions of value: automation to eliminate manual work and release capacity, analytics to leverage the power of data through applicable use cases, and innovation to build new service lines and capabilities. The approach is applicable across units delivering support functions (such as finance and HR) or core operations (such as banking back-office and insurance operations).

Featured insights

Blog Post

GBS State of the Union 2020

– Even a global business services (GBS) organization that’s delivering on its commitments can—and should—do much more to meet colleagues’ rising expectations and the changing needs of business units. Here’s a five-point action plan for the new year.

Realigning global support-function footprints in a digital world

– How can organizations ensure their global services footprints are ready for the new world of digitization, complexity, and uncertainty?

From back office to innovation’s front lines with next-gen global business services

– The same new technologies that are shaking up global business services (GBS) are also creating new opportunities for GBS to create lasting value.

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