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Best Two Books for Canadians on Outsourcing!, March 16 2006
Kudo's to Thomas Friedman for bringing the much needed attention to the impending business issues of offshoring, globalization and outsourcing. Through interviewing influential executives at top technology companies in India and the US in particular, he has crafted a first-person journalist's trip report intertwined with personal anecdotes. The book has been critiqued as being a "how I spent my summer vacation" treatment of this serious subject of globalization which takes several hours to move through, this book is for you.
A more practically written and concise new book that I couldn't put down until I finished -- in just 2 hours is THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING by Doug Brown & Dr Scott Wilson. I dog-earred and highlighted and post-it noted this perfect outsourcing reference manual and it sits directly on my desk for regular user.
THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING has just been released in the last six months through Wiley Publishers, and it begins where Friedman left off. Not only does it encapsulate Friedman's message in just a few short pages, it goes on to provide thought-provoking ideas for action.
It's written by a business and technology experts and has contributions from a dozen other experts from the outsourcing and offshoring hot spots, including Shanghai, Taipei, Bangalore, Sydney, London, Singapore, and more. If you don't have the time to wade through Friedman's almost 500 pages, or if you have already and want to know more, I highly recommend THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING.
Actually, together, they may an awesome team of books in your business arsenal.
Most Importantly, you don't have to be a globalist or economist or a free tank thinker to get this topic to you may think... "why bother reading such high brow stuff?"
Globalization will leave no nation, company or person untouched, including you and me. So, we'd better get ourslves ready for extreme competition. Friedman's Flat World and Brown & Wilson's THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING will get you in a place of knowledge, history, business changes, effects, challenges and opportunities.
Botton Line: Buy both books together at discount. No better career advance training is so ready to lead you to a new global business player and executive.