What role do your personal values have on your offshoring decisions?

About Hugo Messer

Hugo Messer is a Dutch entrepreneur, distributed agile team specialist, and author. He is the founder and owner of Bridge Global, a software services provider, and ekipa.co., an agile coaching agency. He has been building and managing teams around the world for the past several years. His passion is to enable people that are spread across cultures, geography and time zones to cooperate. Whether it’s offshoring or nearshoring, he knows what it takes to make global cooperation work.

3 thoughts on “What role do your personal values have on your offshoring decisions?
  1. I think, here you talks about humane side of business, I believe it is not only applicable to offshoring/outsourcing business model but for all business endevours.

    Still the concept – ‘Under the sun no profit’ is valid, corporates are trying to do this by moving works/business here and there.

    I think, offshoring / outsourcing are purely business driven and customer driven. It is not something happening out of some business leaders’ curiosity, adventerism or generosity.

    In business we have two options in front of us to optimise the cost further
    1. Process improvement (already done enough!)
    2. Outsorce to low coat player (outsource/nearshore or offshore doesn’t matter).

    Now, the time is to leverage right cost resources across the world to create expected value out of business. By doing so, ‘PROFIT’ is the ONLY word in their mind – there is no space human face – this statement looks like harsh but business is being done like so only..

    In the so called ‘developed’ countries, the trend would have different earlier but that is failing now a days – like Greek crisi, Euro Crisi, UK crisis..

    Pls do read my recent blog titled – Protectionism Negative Growth regarding this one, Dr.Zakaria has excellent view on the current outsourcing world

    http://saravananthangadurai.blogspot.com/2010/06/protectionism-negative-growth.html

  2. Hi Saravan,

    thanks for your view on this. I understand what you are saying, but I am a strong believer of the human side in any endeavour. Eventually, people are only motivated by the influence that anything they do has on their personal life. On a basic level, people work to earn money to survive. And once that’s covered, Maslow states some ‘higher’ levels of satisfaction.

    While you are writing that ‘I think, offshoring / outsourcing are purely business driven and customer driven. It is not something happening out of some business leaders’ curiosity, adventerism or generosity’, I must note that in my personal situation my motivation was actually as I wrote in the article. So Might be the only guy on earth thinking along those lines?

    Hugo

  3. Hugo,

    Great post, well-written!

    First, I think it takes a certain amount of something (perhaps personal courage) to blend love and openness into an article about business imperatives. Nicely done!

    A variation on this theme is the question “Can you serve two masters?” While there is certainly considerable room for analysis of the interchange between personal and professional values, it is beyond debate that it is a powerful mix when one’s personal values inform their professional outlook.

    I suppose there is always an interaction between the personal and professional spheres. And if a person has an “open and loving” personal outlook, the results can be exciting. And if they have a negative personal outlook, the results can be terrible.

    With all of that said….

    In my experience with global work, which is solely US-to-India, I came to the conclusion long ago that the personal knack I have for living in between cultures has helped improve my effectiveness and the organizational satisfaction in settings where I have worked. A handful of my colleagues would have followed a similar path with similar results.

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