Outsourcing and Offshoring: Here, There and Everywhere

Outsourcing and Offshoring: Here, There and Everywhere

Western firms are in the process of reconsidering their global footprints. For the past few decades, Western companies have been employing offshoring strategies. These processes saw companies making huge savings financially by moving work and jobs to other countries where wages were significantly lower. This has proven extremely effective, until now. The manufacturing game is…

A European mega-merger? Nein, danke

A European mega-merger? Nein, danke

The Economist reports on a European mega-merger gone wrong between Britain’s BAE Systems and EADS, the Franco-German owner of Airbus. More than a bitter blow to the two companies, their proposed blooper of a €38 billion merger also dismantles hopes for the emergence of a more integrated European defence and aerospace industry. Although the intended merger would…

Narconomics

Narconomics

Narconomics = Narcotics + Economics. A term denoted to convey possible management lessons learned from Mexico’s drug lords. For a country with an economy brought to its knees in 2009, it should be surprising to learn that Mexico still houses 11 billionaires. Well, perhaps not too surprising in the light of their thriving drug trade…

Insight: Merkel and Hollande – Building a “grand bargain”

Insight: Merkel and Hollande – Building a “grand bargain”

Recently, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel began to forge a closer relationship than many expected. According to Reuters’ findings, the two leaders met discreetly in Paris to have a lengthy one-on-one discussion. As for the purpose of the meeting, sources mean that Merkel sought Hollande’s buy-in for bold steps towards greater political…