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In a way there's nothing new in Tom Friedman's THE WORLD IS FLAT. But the fact is he's one helluva reporter and one helluva storyteller. So ... it's simple ... you must read the book. (See my 2 summary slides.)
Tom Peters posted this on 05/09/05.
Tom, your final point on the Friedman summary slides bears underscoring: "Outsourcing isnâ€™t just for Benedict Arnolds. Itâ€™s also for idealists." Of course many defenders of outsourcing are quick to point out that outsourcing does not equal offshoring. The more controversial corollary is the one we need to wrestle with: that offshoring isn't just for Benedict Arnolds - it can also be for idealists. Aside from the comical complaints about Indian accents of techie support staffs there are tough issues to grapple with about the rapid displacement of more highly-skilled workers - and what kind of structures can be put into place to speed the transition to re-employment. And by whom.
Posted by John O'Leary at May 9, 2005 12:15 PM
The "idealism" concept may need clarifying. Ideology has failed to resonate it seems with 95% of electorate/business types who crave results and value - university profs [$50k annual salary] may be the exception.
Posted by Sean at May 9, 2005 12:37 PM
It would help a lot if you guys could get your terminology straight: not all outsourcing is "offshore", and not all "offshoring" is actual navigation menu and get right to the good stuff. */ ?>