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2010-11-16 We Are The Network: Is Offshoring a Race to the Bottom or Race to the Top?

November 14th, 2010

Is Offshoring a Race to the Bottom or Race to the Top?

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This Week’s Topic

Is Offshoring a Race to the Bottom or Race to the Top?

The debate about offshoring, the practice of moving jobs to other countries—usually with the objective of lowering costs—raises consistent and harsh debate. There are arguments about whether offshoring is “good” or “bad” and whether it creates problems or enhances the local job market. A presumption of many is that by offshoring lower-end jobs, this will be a race to the top for the country sending work overseas, as more people can focus on the higher value “race to the top” jobs. Others claim that this is merely a short term gain which will generate a “race to the bottom” globally, leaving a wider gap between rich and poor, and further centralizing power.

Is offshoring a race to the bottom, or a race to the top? What will the short, mid and long-term results of continued globalization and offshoring look like?

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Best regards,

Joel

Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

Wikipedia Offshoring Definition
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offshoring

20 Defenses of Offshoring and Why They are Wrong
http://www.aea.org/20_refute.htm

A web discussion on Offshoring Benefits
http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?joel.3.776222

Banks: Offshoring, Not Outsourcing
http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/mar2009/gb20090310_619247.htm

Companies Using Offsh0ring to Drive Benefits Beyond Labor Arbitrage
http://www.everestresearchinstitute.com/News/10694

IT Offshoring Skeptic (with extended discussion in comments)
http://www.softpanorama.org/Skeptics/IT_skeptic/it_offshoring_skeptic.shtml

Related link: A Slightly Skeptical View on IT Outsourcing
http://www.softpanorama.org/Articles/slightly_skeptical_view_on_it_offshoring.shtml

Global Outsourcing (Illinois CPA Society)
http://www.icpas.org/hc-insight.aspx?id=14398

Industrial Robots: An Alternative to Offshoring (vendor pitch, but interesting point from a completely different direction!)
http://www.robots.com/blog.php?tag=476

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