The True Cost of Outsourcing

Crack management consultant and tech expert Charlie Barnhart offers a fascinating perspective on the true cost of outsourcing.  Charlie's thoughts apply chiefly to the electronics industry, but others might consider his message when deciding whether or not to send their manufacturing overseas.  There is an old adage in business about the juggling of low cost, quality, and speed of production -- you can have two of these, but rarely, if ever, all three.  The myth that outsourcing allows for all three, Barnhart argues, is one that has led many American companies -- and consumers -- astray.  Check it out!   

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Ellen Ruppel Shell is the co-director of the Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University. She is the author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture.

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