Offshore Outsourcing: Good or Evil? Essay

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Economic experts have noticed a trend in certain industries in recent years – there is an increasing number of businesses hiring workers in foreign lands, especially India and other Asian nations, to perform work that has traditionally been done by Americans. This trend had been particularly noticeable in the field of information technology, where most analysts believe salaries have been negatively impacted by this practice, known as “offshoring” (“Offshoring Eats”). Since information technology lies at the heart of business in the modern world and plays an integral part in most scientific research and technological innovation, any development that affects information technology as deeply as the growing offshoring
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The controversy is intensifying with the actions of local and state governments and the rhetoric of this year’s presidential candidates. In November, the State of Indiana revoked a four- year contract it had made with a large Indian software company. The contract had been negotiated by the former Governor of Indiana with the purpose of upgrading some of the state’s computer systems. Many professionals in India believe that the contract’s cancellation was for purely political motives (“India Alarmed”). Legislators in New Jersey have proposed a law to restrict the employment of foreign workers by businesses that work for the state (Clancy).

During his campaign speeches John Edwards, a presidential candidate and senator from North Carolina, relates the story of a father whose job was “moved overseas” (Trigaux). Former presidential candidate Howard
Dean recently entered the debate by voicing his opposition to “big corporations who… move their headquarters to Bermuda and their jobs offshore.” John Kerry, a leader for the Democratic nomination and senator from Massachusetts, proposed legislation in November obligating foreign call center representatives to reveal their location whenever a customer or potential customer calls (“Firms Defend Moving”). Clearly, the
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