Your Biggest Supplier, Your Biggest Competitor

25 July 2004

There continues to be a lot of nonsense flying around about ”outsourcing” and ”offshoring.” We defined these terms once before.

Focusing on the offshoring trend, it’s obvious that there’s more to the issue than just ”cheap labor.” John Dvorak gives you a taste of what’s going on. Deming spoke of a system of profound knowledge. Until we view this problem as a complete system and from all the angles, we’ll continue to arrive at wrong conclusions. There are economic, political, business, customer, employee, supplier, transportation, insurance, warehousing, social, security, regulatory and a host of other dimensions to this problem.

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