>Outsourcing in a world gone flat

>ΙΝ Α PREVIOUS academic semester, I had to read a part of the book”The World is Flat” by Thomas L. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=myviewofthewo-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0312425074&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrFriedman. It was the book’s first chapter and it was so interesting, that this summer I decided to read the whole book. I am still at the beginning of the book and remembering the incredible experiences of Mr. Friedman, I am amazed for the second time by the same content.

I DO NOT know what amazes me more, the economy that is being globalized or that the way we were working is changing? How American companies are outsourcing their low-creativity jobs in Bangalore in India and Japan outsources its own low-creativity jobs in Davian in China? Or that women who might take care their children and grandchildren in a city in the US are working as customer support for air-companies in the whole US?

GLOBALIZATION IS ALREADY here, even if we know and accept it or not. If you are having a computer or can just access one and can read this blog from a continent away, then you are part of the globalization, where the public sphere has transformed and this is a part of the blogosphere where I add my opinion, you read it and comment it, so we are both changing the way each one of as think as both our different cultures collide to create new ones. Globalization happens when an Indian person from Bangalore that just had his/hers bachelor in anything is doing the low-end job that is being send from the US and in a few years he will have enough experience to be able to compete with a US citizen for a higher-paying job in the same field, upgrading his status from – let’s say – software programmer for routine functions to software designer or analyst. But in a few years, India and China will have the experience marketing consultants, insurance workers, programmers, ITs, Architects and any hightech specialist with enough experience to make the two countries as effective and competent as US and Japan. The Global scenery of powers in mental labor is shifting to the Asian continent and maybe in a few decades Africa will be in the game too.

HOWEVER, THIS HAPPENS from the view of a market economist. But what happens for the people wanting jobs? What is going on for people finishing high-school and going to the market wanting jobs? What will be the requirements for these jobs, where and for who are we gonna work? Internet based works are multiplying, English for western partners and Japanese for the Asians maybe? Computer knowledge will be the must, easy technological adaptation and use of electronic devices too. Work at home is a part or full time work for millions of people through the world and maybe the standard form of working in the future.

SOON TO BE updated as I read more from the book. It is interesting and I suggest it for anyone that is curious for our future. I will be waiting for your comments in the world soon to come (or already has come and we were just sleeping (as the writer suggests) ).


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