Panel Discussion Tackles Offshore Outsourcing Issues

Posted: February 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amanda Adolph

American Express does it. So does General Motors. Even Snoopy’s own MetLife does it–offshore outsourcing, that is. What are the implications of offshore outsourcing for employees, companies, the U.S. competitive position, and government policy? Are overseas job moves permanent, and will higher skilled positions replace lost U.S. jobs? What are the benefits, costs, and risks in offshore outsourcing?

A talk hosted by the School of Management’s Technology Management Program and the Technology Management Education Association on Wednesday, Feb. 4, will explore these critical issues. The program begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Mason Hall Board Room.

The talk will feature presentations by Paul Almeida, president, Division of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO; and Chris Israel, deputy assistant secretary of technology policy, Department of Commerce. George Mason faculty members will also address the topic in the context of their research and experience. The panel includes Catherine Cramton, associate professor of management; Amit Dutta, LeRoy Eakin Chair of Electronic Commerce and professor of information systems in the School of Management; and Arun Sood, chair of the Computer Science Department and director of the Center for Imaging Analysis.

A reception prior to the event begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required. Contact Clodagh Bassett at 703-993-1792 or

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