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The terms globalism and globalisation were coined in the 1930s and have been in common use for well over half a century. In general, globalism refers to the emergence of an international network of social and economic systems supported by the understanding that information, people and goods should be able to cross international borders freely. In our context, globalisation could be called "macro-globalism" since it describes trends and interactions on a large scale, typically with the interactions of countries or entire industries or sectors.

Until recently, the commercial world has viewed the globalism concept more in terms of products than people.  Globalism in a manufacturing sense was perhaps most solidly established in the Western world by the Japanese in the 80s and 90s. Their meticulous attention to quality, extreme work ethic, and leverage with technology eventually produced electronics and vehicles which at a certain price point were in many ways superior to the standards coming out of the United States and Europe at the time.



How to avoid the top 10 reasons that offshore teams fail

Establishing an offshore team to complement your Australian team can be an extremely effective way to produce a more efficient and more profitable business. Thousands of small and medium Australian businesses have already done exactly that, and are innovating and improving their businesses as a result.

 The evolving nature of the offshoring industry has made it extremely easy and low cost for any sized business to get started with hiring staff offshore, without significant capital and without significant knowledge of the culture and industrial relations laws of other countries.

Still around half of the businesses who start offshore fail to get their expected result. This failure usually either takes the form of extremely low productivity, or an inability to integrate the offshore team successfully into the Australian business processes.

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Ignorance about global resourcing is a threat to business

It can sometimes be a frustrating experience trying to help people understand a relatively new concept, and how it’s going to impact them and their business.

I was a panellist this week at a peer mentoring business group, and one of the participants (Jan) had a website business. Jan had a good little “mum and dad” business, nice and busy and with happy clients (some of whom were in the room). Buying technical services is confusing for many people, so they often feel comfortable buying from a person they feel they can trust rather than a larger business.

However, Jan was looking to grow the business and to add a wider range of services, and it was apparent that she couldn’t do much more herself before she needed to add staff. She was already doing an 80+ hour week caring for a young child and working in the business.

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The book is coming true - IT jobs market depressed

The book on offshoring and outsourcing written by our founder Scott Linden Jones predicts that many industries in Australia will suffer an extreme and rapid shift in jobs offshore.

Some commentators are clearly spotting this in the IT industry already.

The following was published on IT Wire on Tuesday.  The only surprise here is the anecdotal link that university enrolments are reducing in the IT industry based upon the lack of jobs.  We would expect that to take a few more years to really be noticeable, since offshoring impacting jobs is still not a well understood issue.

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SMEs start to capitalise on comparably skilled, cost-effective offshore workers

It is increasingly apparent that the tremendous disparity in the cost of labour between Australian workers and overseas workers has resulted in many businesses choosing to employ staff outside Australia.

A seemingly unlimited supply of high quality office staff with neutral accented English and equivalent skills to Australian workers is very attractive to only large corporates , but increasingly the SME sector as well. 

About 4000 roles were created in the Philippines last year just by small and medium Australian businesses alone, according to the estimate of consulting firm Easy Offshore. In 2014 we expect to see a total of 50,000 roles head offshore from Australia, and the fastest growing sector will be small and medium enterprise. 

Read more: SMEs start to capitalise on comparably skilled, cost-effective offshore workers

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