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Job Outsourcing

Provides print and electronic resources on the topic of job outsourcing.

About Job Outsourcing

Man speaking in front of podium; outsourcing company Tata Consultancy sign in the background.For many companies, outsourcing is viewed as a way to lower costs, boost efficiency, and free up time and resources to focus on core business activities. To accomplish this, an increasing number of companies are hiring business process outsourcing (BPO) firms to handle front- and back-office business functions like human resources, finance, accounting, customer care, and information technology

Despite the boon to foreign economies and those who tout the benefits of BPOs and outsourcing in general, critics point out that the practice does not always result in cost savings and increased efficiency. In fact, a number of case studies in recent years highlight that outsourcing can lead to significant cost overruns. A 2012 survey of 250 information technology professionals that was conducted by Los Angeles-based Lieberman Software revealed that outsourcing sometimes results in higher-than-anticipated project costs. According to 42 percent of those polled, the cost of outsourcing agreements was higher than originally planned. And while many believe that outsourcing can help companies address a number of business challenges, others point out that outsourcing—when it goes awry—can create problems that are very costly and time-consuming to fix. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • What is the impact of outsourcing on the U.S. economy?
  • How should the U.S. government regulate outsourcing?
  • Should the U.S. government create policies that advantage companies that manufacture products in America? 
  • Would better education and job training protect American jobs?  
  • Do low-paid foreign workers hurt or help the U.S. economy?
  • Discuss the U.S. guest worker visa program and offer some solutions that might improve it.
  • Choose an industry and discuss how outsourcing has helped or harmed in any way.
  • What is the global impact of outsourcing?
  • Do trade agreements such as NAFTA affect job outsourcing?