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Published: October 21, 2008

 
 

Is Backshoring the New Offshoring?

Author Profiles:


Vinay Couto is a partner with Booz & Company in Chicago. He advises companies across multiple industries on outsourcing and offshoring strategies.

Ashok Divakaran is a principal with Booz & Company in Chicago. He specializes in developing strategies for large-scale organizational transformation and global organization effectiveness.

Mahadeva Mani is a senior associate with Booz & Company in McLean, Va. He works with companies across industries on their global organization and operating strategies.
 
 
 
 
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Resources

  1. Amy Bernstein, editor, Outsourcing Thought Leaders: Managing Business without Borders (strategy+business Books, 2006): Executives of outsourcing providers and companies that outsource discuss the latest trends.
  2. Vinay Couto and Ashok Divakaran, “How to Be an Outsourcing Virtuoso,” s+b, Autumn 2006: Details the ways in which the outsourcing industry is becoming ever more sophisticated and, for many customers, indispensable.
  3. Vinay Couto, Mahadeva Mani, Arie Y. Lewin , and Carine Peeters, “The Globalization of White-Collar Work: The Facts and Fallout of Next-Generation Offshoring” (PDF), Booz & Company white paper, May 2008: Discusses results of an offshoring survey and argues that outsourcing is no longer about moving jobs elsewhere; it’s about sourcing all types of jobs everywhere.
  4. Vinay Couto, Arie Y. Lewin, Mahadeva Mani, and Vikas Sehgal, “Offshoring the Brains as Well as the Brawn: Companies Seek Intellectual Talent Beyond Their Borders” (PDF), Booz & Company white paper, September 2008: A survey of global companies finds that innovation is increasingly a target of offshoring.
  5. Kevin Dehoff and Vikas Sehgal, “Innovators without Borders,” s+b, Autumn 2006: Companies offshore their innovation engines to take advantage of global talent and proximity to burgeoning markets.
  6. Arie Y. Lewin, Silvia Massini, and Carine Peeters, “Why Are Companies Offshoring Innovation? The Emerging Global Race for Talent” (PDF), Solvay Business School, CEB Working Paper No. 08/009, March 2008: Researchers in the U.S., U.K., and Belgium argue that more companies are offshoring research and development not just to trim labor costs but for greater efficiency and speed to market. 
  7. Offshoring Research Network Web site: The ORN project at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University provides stats and other data on offshoring, with links to outside research and analysis.
 
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