I’ve been asking people lately if they can imagine a world without outsourcing. It seems that everything can be outsourced these days and thanks to new technologies, we are transcending the barriers of geography to get the best solutions at the right cost. There are many reasons why companies are into outsourcing and it all comes down to the value it brings to their business. In this era where globalization has brought changes in the way we do business, outsourcing is definitely a plus when it comes to competitive advantage – from manufacturing, service outsourcing, marketing, management, accounting, legal and human resources. We’ve become accustomed to the practice that I can’t help wondering: Can we survive without outsourcing?
Surviving the Free-Trade Syndrome
In this age of uncertainty, endless debates have been spurred and outsourcing has been full of misnomers since. The issue perhaps is that governments should leave the markets to organizations, instead of making a controversy that can make things worse. There’s simply no way to reverse the laws of economics and free trade puts everyone on an equal plane to prove their worth in a globally competitive market. Think of it this way: The reason businesses are hiring offshore is because of the talent they find there and it goes beyond cost play. If we look at outsourcing in a different perspective, it’s simply trading services. In the olden days, they might have referred to this as some form of a barter system that forged ties between nations of various race, age and religion; it helps in overall economic growth.
Outsourcing: Stealing Jobs from the Middle Class
And I have to put a big question mark to that! It’s so easy to point fingers at outsourcing in the name of job creation. Uncle Sam may have a reasonable cause to stop companies from sending jobs abroad in an effort to protect the interest of its citizens. Many have even argued that there’s simply no other choice but to outsource overseas to lower costs and remain competitive. Come to think of it, outsourcing is no different in mass migration to greener pastures. For the sake of organizational expansion, outsourcing is a strategic business response in a global economy that thirsts for something cheaper, faster and better. Will hell freeze over if one day, legislations passed a bill that puts a total ban on outsourcing worldwide? There will be a domino effect.. of catastrophic events. Small to large-scale businesses in the first world may run down and workers in developing nations may have to look for other means of being self-reliant. If that happens, we’re going back to the dark ages, instead of moving forward.
Outsourcing and the 21st Century Global Economy
Like it or not, outsourcing is the new paradigm in the way we do business these days – in the name of efficiency and productivity. The truth is, there’s simply no ‘out’ or ‘in’ these days because what matters is getting quality work done – wherever that may be. Perhaps, in the future, we may do away with ‘Made in America’, ‘Made in China’… as everything is made in the world, by the world. And to answer the very question I’ve asked, I don’t think we can survive without outsourcing. Besides, it’s simply about where I’m planning to get things done.
This is the outsourcing evolution. What’s your stand?