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March 25, 2004

Experts available on outsourcing—a presidential campaign issue

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Employment, the changing economy and outsourcing that moves U.S. jobs overseas dominate the political and economic agendas.

The University of Michigan has many experts in various disciplines who can discuss the trends and changes related to outsourcing and the evolving U.S. jobs picture. They include:

Alan Deardorff, professor of public policy and economics, is an expert on international trade and developed the Michigan Model of World Production and Trade, which is used to estimate the effects of trade agreements. He can be reached at (734) 764-6817 or alandear@umich.edu. Read more on Deardorff at: http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/people/Faculty/deardorff-a.htm

Jude Hays, assistant professor of political science and public policy, has conducted research on comparative and international political economy, quantitative methodology and formal models. He's also an expert on international relations and foreign policy. He can be reached at (734) 615-8684 or jchays@umich.edu.
http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/people/Faculty/hays-j.htm

Frithjof Bergmann, a professor emeritus of philosophy, has taken theories he experimented with during a drastic recession that produced a 25 percent unemployment rate in Flint during the early 1980s to champion a plan called "new work," embracing automation and using technology to make people self-reliant. He can be reached at (734) 763-2116 or e-mail him at fberg@umich.edu.

Robert Kennedy, associate director of the William Davidson Institute and clinical professor of corporate strategy and international business, is an expert on business strategy and industrial dynamics in emerging economies. His current research focuses on the globalization of service activities, arguing that moving software activity or payment processing offshore offers a much greater cost advantage than moving manufacturing offshore. Kennedy can be reached at (734) 936-2772 or rekenned@umich.edu.

Donald Grimes, senior research associate at the Business School's Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, is an expert on economic forecasting and the labor market. Free trade, he says, causes economies to produce more of the goods they make relatively efficiently and leads to more production, jobs, rising wages and profits in comparative-advantage sectors. In turn, growth in these sectors leads to higher demand for goods and services, which creates new jobs. Grimes can be reached at (941) 907-2228 or dgrimes@umich.edu.

Dennis Severance, professor of computer and information systems, has substantial industrial experience and is an expert on how information systems can support strategic change in manufacturing firms. He says that work is going to India and China because transportation has become more reliable and communication costs have dropped. Severance can be reached at (734) 763-2038 or severanc@umich.edu.

C.K. Prahalad, professor of corporate strategy and international business, is the co-chair of the Center for Global Resource Leverage: India. He is an authority on corporate strategy and the role and value added of top management in large, diversified multinational corporations. Prahalad can be reached at (734) 763-5573 or ckp@umich.edu.

Izak Duenyas, professor of operations and management science and associate dean for faculty development and research, specializes in supply chain management and coordination, evaluation of investment decisions in flexible capacity, and in modeling and control of production systems. Duenyas can be reached at (734) 763-5484 or duenyas@umich.edu.

Richard Price, director of organizational studies, psychology, studies the impact of employment and economic change on individuals and families, including the psychology of work and work life as well as mental health and job loss. He can be reached at (734) 936-0476 or ricprice@umich.edu.

Stuart Rankin, an education professor who spent 37 years as a top administrator for the Detroit Public Schools, works every day with people who are going back to school, seeking new skills so they can change careers. He is one of the program coordinators for a one-year crash course helping adults earn a master's degree with certification and training so they can become teachers. He works directly with schools in Detroit. He can be reached at (734) 647-4723 or srankin@umich.edu.

Roger Goddard, an education professor, is helping establish a new U-M program allowing students to receive a master's in both educational administration and business to address the growing number of new jobs being created through charter schools and new for-profit business-run schools, as well as other occupations requiring both educational and business expertise. E-mail him at rgoddard@umich.edu.

More information on outsourcing can be found at the Business School's Web site: www.bus.umich.edu/newsroom/specialreports/outsourcing.htm.

Contact: Joe Serwach
Phone:(734) 647-1844
E-mail: jserwach@umich.edu
or
Jared Wadley
Phone: (734) 936-7819
E-mail: jwadley@umich.edu
or
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015
E-mail: bernied@umich.edu