A few different articles on outsourcing (both domestic and offshore) from a few different sources today.
First off, we start with a segment on NPR’s Marketplace:
Essentially, the Japanese are in a conundrum. They need to do some reverse offshoring and actually import labor (600K immigrants) to take care of people and infrastructure (two jobs that can only be done in person). Problem is, their immigration policies aren’t exactly welcoming.
Along these same lines, the Dallas Morning News has an article on the jobs most and least vulnerable to outsourcing (hint: taking care of people and things ranks at the top).
Dallas Morning News (registration required)
Next, Steve Yastrow of the Tom Peters Company has a small entry about U.S. companies outsourcing right here in the U.S.
Finally, The McKinsey Quarterly has an article about when offshoring doesn’t make sense, and the reasons why foreign owned companies continue to have factories here (shorter supply chains always make sense).