"Foreword by Lou Dobbs
One of the hottest, most controversial topics in the news is the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries. Outsourced jobs are extending well beyond the manufacturing sector to include white-collar professionals, particularly in information technology, financial services, and customer service. Outsourcing America reveals just how much outsourcing is taking place, what its impact is and will be, and what can be done about the loss of jobs.
More than an exposé, the book shows how outsourcing is part of the historical economic shifts toward globalism and free trade, and demonstrates the impact of outsourcing on individual lives and communities. The authors discuss policies that countries like India and China use to attract U.S. industries, and they offer frank recommendations that business and political leaders must consider in order to confront this snowballing crisis and bring more high-paying jobs back to the U.S."
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About the Author
Ron Hira, Ph.D., PE (Rochester, NY) is a recognized expert on outsourcing, and the only person to testify twice before Congress on its implications. He has appeared on national television and radio, and has been widely quoted in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Times of London and other publications. Anil Hira, Ph.D. (Burnaby, BC) is a specialist in international economic policy and trade issues. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Bottom-line is that America will reclaim jobs by re-educating Americans who can find the self-motivation to seek and receive new training and accept competitive wages... rather than sit around and complain about outsourcing because the business phenomenon is in full play. This book preaches the ideal which can not be achieved in the current wave of globalization for the coming generation.
The book is an excellent read, well-organized, and easy to follow. The style is unique - every issue is discussed from different angles. The authors challenge the readers to learn and discuss the growing phenomena of outsourcing. Outsourcing is complex and has evolved in its current forms due to multiple, interrelated factors. Some other reviewers have personalized the issue and the authors do the opposite; they ask all Americans, and especially those in positions of power, to push for more research and debate. The Hiras' directly acknowledge the issue is not easily examined and the causes and effects of outsourcing are not singular and evenly distributed. The authors do provide some of their own explanations and prescriptions but with the cavaeat that the debate is not ended by them. In this regard, they are not pretentious - unlike some of the reviewers and other authors that personalize the issue or have a particular agenda without even trying to be objective. In fact, a significant part of the book is about the debate itself. Outsourcing is an emotionally-charged, politicized, and contentious issue. As identified in the book, there seems to a clear lack of debate itself and those directly involved the debate (from all sides) are selectively framing the issue. Corporations and some economists argue that change is inevitable and outsourcing can be managed so that job losses are short-term. The Hiras' challenge this argument by pointing out that these losses are not temporary and how outsourcing partly leads to the loss of technological innovation and competitiveness in the United States. Politicians have downplayed the negative aspects of outsourcing and experts advising them have provided biased information on the extent of outsourcing and its effects. Even the fourth sector, the media, has gone along with the arguments of those supporting outsourcing. The Hiras' suggest that those most directly impacted by outsourcing, American workers and citizens, have been the least represented in the debate. They do not ask that outsourcing be eliminated, but managed with particular care to help workers and communities disproportionately impacted from the effects of outsourcing. America is in denial over this issue. The Hiras' hope to jumpstart an important debate crucial to America's future. The transition to a service sector economy with the loss of manufacturing jobs was painful, but the speed by which job losses in some service sector industries is occurring requires research and debate. Outsourcing America moves toward those ends.
If you are involved or concerned about outsourcing and use of guest worker VISAs, this book is for you. If you have no idea what the outsourcing fuss is all about, this book is for you too! Ron Hira bursts through the myths and propaganda on outsourcing with verifiable statistics and detailed analysis. Just a few gems are the exposure of venture capitalists demanding that startups offshore outsource in order to receive funding, long term economic implications if outsourcing and use of guest worker VISAs are not addressed, ¿expert¿ studies promoting outsourcing exposed as being based on faulty data and assumptions, and the true reasons corporations are moving jobs offshore. Hira & Hira also give policy recommendations and a list of legislation introduced at the federal level. A major highlight of this text is the use of detailed references. Every chapter lists a series of expert studies for further reading. Yet, the book is written as a fast read, without the typical academic dryness one would expect from a public policy expert. Absolutely a must read for anyone who wants unvarnished and factual information on the state of offshore outsourcing in the United States.