The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Cuts both ways

American multinational companies outsource manufacturing to China. Why can't a Chinese company outsource management to the United States?

Via Mises Economic Blog, Chinese Buyer of PC Unit Is Moving to I.B.M.'s Hometown

Now this is a twist—China outsourcing to us, and what they're outsourcing is interesting—management! I've often heard jokes about US companies to outsource CEOs as a way to cut costs, but here we have a Chinese company that's outsourcing their CEO operations to us.

I'm not sure what to make of this. Ironic, in a way sure.

So does this doom us as a country of middle to high management?

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

A friend who works at IBM sent the following:

Believe me, the move is only temporary.

The only reason Levono is having anything to do with the United States is because, as part of the deal, IBM still retains an 18% share in the PC Company.

Remember, I work with these types of people every day. It's a good thing they're staying here. If you sent our management over to China, the land mass would be thrown into total chaos by year's end and they'd be strung up in Tienmen Square as enemies of the people.

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