Our story about Harley-Davidson’s decision to outsource a number of IT jobs to Infosys has generated quite a discussion, as evidenced by the comments people have added to it.
The story represents a perfect storm on the subject of outsourcing: Not only are jobs being lost, but they’re being lost from a company that many people regard as All-American. That hurts. (In fairness, I should point out that as part of the deal, Infosys committed to hiring some of the displaced employees and building a facility in Harley-Davidson’s hometown of Milwaukee.)
Given the backlash seen on Susan’s post, I’ve compiled some of our past stories on outsourcing. From the 30,000 foot view, they tell a better story than on-the-ground reports like the one from Harley-Davidson. Read them, draw your own conclusions, and let me know what you think by posting your own comments below.