Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Evaluating the Ethical and Social Responsibility of Software Outsourcing at Oracle

1116 Words4 Pages
Evaluating the Ethical and Social Responsibility of Software Outsourcing at Oracle Introduction The ethicacy and social responsibility involved with the development of an effective software outsourcing strategy is a dilemma many American software companies are facing today. More specifically, the ethics of paying for software to be developed in third world nations including India, Pakistan and China for use in the United States, potentially in companies whose role is critical to national defense, is an area not as well defined as it potentially could be from an ethics perspective (Pratt, 2008). Exacerbating this ethical issue is the one of cultural variations being so significant with India compared to the U.S. and the costs associated ensuring cultural congruency (Miller, Anderson, 2004). In the vast differences of cultures there is ample opportunity for ethical lapses and for confidential data to be compromised (Rucker, 2003). Oracle Corporation has continued to move much of its core programming offshore to India and Pakistan, moving entire departments and divisions form its headquarters location in Redwood City, California. While any business has the right to move its operations globally where it can obtain lower costs and increase profits, it does have an ethical responsibility to fully disclose quality and security levels to key customers (Harrison, 2004). Oracle however has not been as forthcoming with these disclosures, often creating entire outsourcing divisions

More about Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Evaluating the Ethical and Social Responsibility of Software Outsourcing at Oracle

Open Document