It’s easy to get consensus within IT about whether we should invest in American workforce: of course we should. Almost everyone agrees we will need to have an educated and experienced domestic workforce in order to sustain the trend of productivity gains that technology has brought us. But this consensus falls apart when it comes to whether individual companies should hire domestically. After all, while it would be good in general to invest in American jobs, each individual company needs to do what is best for itself and its shareholders, and offshore IT outsourcing is viewed as the right decision to help a company remain competitive.
That’s why this recent interview with Harvard Business School professors David Pisano and Willy Shih caught my eye. In it, they lay out the reasons why offshore outsourcing hurts the ability for companies to innovate, thus damanging their ability to compete in the future. Maybe there is an alignment between what’s good for individual companies and what’s good for our country.
Read the full article at http://www.cio.com/article/686597/IT_Outsourcing_How_Offshoring_Can_Kill_Innovation