The A series of time-based activities linked to comple... of involving the supplier in a close partnership with the firm and its operations management system. Outpartnering is characterized by close working relationships between buyers and suppliers, high levels of trust, mutual respect, and emphasis on joint problem solving and cooperation. With outpartnering, the supplier is not viewed as an alternative source of A merchandise or materials which are used to satis... and services (as observed under Utilize a third-party provider to perform services...), but rather as a source of knowledge, expertise, and complementary core competencies. Outpartnering is typically found during the early stages of Something that has been or is being produced. life cycle when dealing with products that are viewed as critical to the strategic survival of the firm.