Offshoring and Ethics

By Deane Barker on March 6, 2008

Should CEOs and CIOs consider the implications of off-shoring IT services on US society?: Fascinating question over at LinkedIn which boils down to, is offshoring ethical?

Off-shoring of IT services is further eroding the United States of good paying middle-class jobs. CIOs are under pressure to meet yearly targets typically tied to yearly bonuses. CEOs are hog-tied by demanding shareholders. Off-shoring provides a quick-fix, short-term payoff that avoids the more difficult systematic and operational changes that might provide long-term value to the organization. Should CEOs and CIOs consider the “bigger picture” societal implications or is their only responsibility to show year to year incremental profitability?

I’ll be watching this one, as it’s a fascinating question. Especially in light of the U.S. economy right now.