The Next Generation of Managed Direct Sourcing (MDS)

Executive Summary by Ardent Partners

Marked by transformation and led by Future of Work accelerants, the world of talent and work continues to shift and advance at an aggressive pace. Buoyed by the rapid growth of the “extended” or “agile” workforce, businesses today face more pressure than ever before in terms of engaging, acquiring, and sourcing the best talent for their mission-critical projects. In response, direct sourcing has emerged as a top strategy for businesses that want to reimagine and/or enhance their approach to talent acquisition. By harnessing the power of on-demand talent pools, organizations can revolutionize how they match key skill gaps with the best available talent and expertise, especially as talent marketplaces, talent communities, and other key channels to find workers become more prevalent.

As “Managed Direct Sourcing” (MDS) becomes a primary path to driving the key elements of direct sourcing (including talent curation, talent segmentation, integration into recruitment streams, orchestration of various outlets of automation, etc.), it will be critical for businesses to blend together the best aspects of a true, end-to-end direct sourcing program while balancing talent and costs to ensure sustainable success.

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