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05 May 2005, 02:21 PM

" Thousands of other tech companies have similar baton-passing rituals. "Offshoring" the migration of jobs to lower-cost countries such as India, China and Russia remains politically sensitive because of the tepid U.S. job market. But executives insist that cheaper labor and faster work flow have made offshoring a fact of life for everyone in the industry.
Even the most unapologetic globalization proponents nevertheless acknowledge that offshoring has resulted in longer, stranger hours for white-collar workers in the United States. Some business experts worry that the trend could result in massive burnout if offshoring isn't properly managed."

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05 May 2005, 04:46 AM

What a bummer man....

This is the way the world is going. Globalization is here to stay, and the market forces are pulling mankind in a direction that we've never gone before. On one hand, a global economy is a great thing in that it can help the impoverished around the world, but only if they have access to the spoils that can be had from international trade. On the other hand, it can hurt the wealthy countries in that it can cause economic pain for those affected.

It's all relational. In the USA we have stuff, and many (not all) spend their lives accquiring stuff, and make it a priority to work hard so that they can always have more stuff. Then they die, with lots of stuff. It will soon be like this in many other countries too. I just hope that the countries who are adopting this global model realize that with wealth comes stuff. With stuff comes responsibility such as increased bills and less floor space. Countries that once worked to live may now have the wonderful live to work lifestyle like we have.

Also, it will be fun watching many beautiful cultures dissappear as the world becomes homoginized. That's right, in addition to more stuff, you may also enjoy a Starbucks on every corner, a Walmart on every available piece of forest land, and the almighty SUV. Just remember though, that with an SUV, you also get the guaranteed right to not signal a lane change and to cut people off at your whim, so it's really a win-win situation! YAY!

In closing, I don't think that globalization is bad inherently, as many people can benefit from it. Just think how many SUVs a modern day CEO can buy...and all the STUFF they can get as a result of offshoring savings, worker abuses, and working around the clock. WOW! Also, many developing countries will soon have this ability too.

Seriously though, I sincerely wish that as a race of humanity, we can wipe out poverty, because no child should have to go to bed hungry, or die from starvation. Globalization can help this problem if it's approached mindfully and with a strong sense of ethics. This article is scary in that it is pointing out a possible imbalance in the works. The human condition can not endure those working conditions, and if we go through with true open markets, this MUST be addressed, lest we all suffer.

That's just my rambling no attention to the man behind the green curtain.


05 May 2005, 05:54 AM
But executives insist that cheaper labor and faster work flow have made offshoring a fact of life for everyone in the industry

The only problem with that is the quality of the workforce can be half that of a developed country,therefore your product(s) might de-grade in quality, creating even more headaches.

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