In Defense of Responsible Offshoring and Outsourcing

Harvard Business Review

Yet, the imperatives of offshore facilities and employees are — and will remain — central to American companies' international competitiveness. employees can be 25 percent or greater of total workforce; its supply chain of third parties is vital. In the State of the Union , President Obama declaimed: "No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing." Let's get real — and back to basics.

What's Next When Offshoring Isn't so Cheap?

Harvard Business Review

Over the last decade, offshore manufacturing seemed like a no-brainer. But suddenly, the case for outsourcing isn't so clear. dollar, rising fuel costs and the risks inherent in longer supply chains have many companies rethinking their sourcing strategies. Offshoring isn't going away, but companies will have to be smarter about it. Outsourcing must be part of a larger global strategy.

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The Downside of Best Practices | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Moreover if they decide to develop the application should this be done internally with existing staff, or outsourced, and if outsourced will it be done domestically or offshore and who will manage the process. As one example; if you are a manufacturing organization, innovation in your core could include new and improved materials, new techniques, novel approaches to supply chain management etc.

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It’s Never Been More Important for Big Companies to Listen to Local Communities

Harvard Business

Look no further than the recent protests against the completion of the Keystone and the Dakota Access pipelines , or the opposition that stopped the development of the Cape Wind Associates’ offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. It’s important to recognize that relationships are critical for social risk management and that relationship-building is not a task that can be outsourced. Alice Potter/Getty Images.

America's Innovation Shortfall and How We Can Solve It

Harvard Business Review

innovation, in terms of jobs, income, revenue, and taxes, has gone offshore. The myth of the New Economy was that innovation would drive job growth, even as old industries and jobs were outsourced to India and China. America's Corporate Elite used innovations in IT and communication to build more efficient supply chains, and turned to China for the lowest-cost manufactured goods and India for the lowest-cost services.