Why Outsourcing is Bad for Business

Why Outsourcing is Bad for Business

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minute MBA why outsourcing is bad for business more companies are hanging this bright yellow tag on outsourcing and offshoring they seemed like good ideas at the time according to the Economist this trend which began the 1980s may finally be winding down the main reason is that the savings once realized by outsourcing hiring domestic or foreign contractors and offshoring moving work overseas are what they used to be China and India were once prime targets for US European
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and multinational corporations looking to save a book both were valued for the low-cost pools of highly skilled workers the skilled workers are still there but so is intense competition for their services and as these workers begin to realize their value they've also become more demanding The Economist noted wages in India and China have been going up by 10 to 20 percent a year for the past decade and compensation for senior Chinese managers now either matches or exceeds pay in America in Europe rising salaries plus the cost of transporting
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goods to the US market have pushed some companies to rish or some of their production in America that includes GE which last year moved production of washing machines and other appliances from China to a plant in Kentucky besides higher overseas costs other factors bolster the argument that the grass isn't always greener in India China or Malaysia a case in point is apples relationship with China based Foxconn Foxx Khan's enormous capacity to mass-produce the iPhone and other Apple products was an advantage but a series of widely
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publicized reports most of which focused on Fox Khan's abysmal treatment of its workers outraged many Americans embarrassed Apple officials and damaged the company's brand chief executive Tim Cook ordered an investigation in December coke announced that Apple would move production of some Mac computers from China to America although cooked declared that the main goal was to create American jobs it can also be seen as a gesture to placate critics of the Apple Foxconn relationship then there's Boeing the poster company for outsourcing gone bad the aerospace Giants saga flawed
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batteries has grounded its 787 Dreamliner fleet until fix can be found according to the CL Times the likely culprit is the hands-off structure of this round of outsourcing where the company contracted with about 50 top-tier suppliers and essentially out sourced responsibility Boeing is no stranger to outsourcing on earlier jets the company outsource work on landing gear batteries and engines for the triple7 and 737 both planes are renowned for the reliability but according to the times the company gave too much autonomy to their major
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suppliers and surrendered oversight of subcontractors to the contractors themselves the result is that there were too many players working on too many pieces with no centralized system of quality control quality and Boeing's reputation inevitably suffered finally there's the story of Samsung for US companies the rise of the South Korean electronics giant should be a cautionary tale according to the Economist South Korean business leaders rarely outsource production and believe that American and European companies are making a mistake and outsourcing as much manufacturing as
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they do because this allows other firms a great deal of insight into their processes they should know is the blueprint Samsung followed when it was an outsourcing partner for Japanese firms the loss of intellectual property that ends up strengthening competition it's an irony and one more factor for American corporations to consider when deciding whether it's time to bring foreign production home for more videos from an MBA check out online and be a calm

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