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03:16 Oct 18, 2000
English to German translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Management
English term or phrase: shared services
Es hat etwas mit Facility Management zu tun = Gebäudebewirtschaftung
Geht es ev. um Büroorganisation?

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na +1gemeinsam genutzte DiensteUlrike Lieder
nageteilte Dienste
Mats Wiman
nakommunale Versorgungen
Dr. Sahib Bleher



9 mins
kommunale Versorgungen

or gemeinsame Versorgungen.
The context is a bit sparce, but it seems to be about different occupants within a building sharing services like, for example, central heating etc.

Dr. Sahib Bleher
Local time: 16:51
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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geteilte Dienste

literal but real too, I think

Mats Wiman
Local time: 17:51
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Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
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xxxKristina M
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6 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
gemeinsam genutzte Dienste

With so little context, it's difficult to discern if these shared services pertain to utilities (HVAC, power, water, etc.) or to shared office services (secretarial services, etc.), a concept that is not uncommon in the US. The latter would be my guess, thus my suggested translation.

Below find some definitions of "shared services" and URLs that might be of interest; maybe this will help you determine the type of shared services being referred to.

Shared services are often a temporary solution or an intermediate step before outsourcing. It is basically a marriage of convenience. Drawbacks include unaligned interests of the parties involved; the process seldom survives personnel turnovers; and it is difficult to assure results (because there is no accountability or performance level as in outsourcing). Those who want to retain ownership/control of a process and yet benefit from some economies of scale generally prefer shared services.

Purchasing or shared services cooperatives are cooperatives whose members are other businesses or public entities which join together to increase the performance and competitiveness of their organizations. Members of these cooperatives have found that, by pooling their purchasing power to acquire goods and services, they can lower their operating costs. Like all cooperatives, the purchasing or shared service cooperative exists to meet its members' needs, and almost any service can be provided by these cooperatives for their members.


Also see this German reference:

Hope this helps!

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 08:51
Native speaker of: German

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