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Feb 18

Tech CFOs scaling back offshore outsourcing

Posted by Stephen Taub in R&D;outsourcingmanufacturingIT spendingITCash

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Tech companies are souring on outsourcing.

According to a survey of 100 chief financial officers at technology companies by BDO USA, LLP, just 35 percent said they are currently outsourcing services or manufacturing to companies outside of the US. This represents a 43 percent decrease from the 2009 high when 62 percent of companies were outsourcing and a slight decline from 2010 (37 percent).

Feb 01

China moves into second place in global R&D; spending

Posted by Karen1 in R&D;innovationChina


By a wide margin, the US maintains its place at the front of the line when it comes to spending on R&D, as well as its perceived leadership in different areas of research, including healthcare, energy generation and aerospace, the 2011 Global R&D Funding Forecast by Battelle Memorial Institute, found. Battelle, based in  Columbus, Ohio, is a charitable trust dedicated to scientific, educational, technology and community endeavors.

Still, this isn't the time to get cocky. A number of other countries have significantly increased their R&D spending and are gaining ground. China, for instance, boosted its R&D outlays by about 10 percent annually over the past few years. It now accounts for 12.9 percent of global R&D spending, having inched ahead of Japan, which is expected to record 12.1 percent of R&D expenditures this year. Europe's share has slipped from 24.1 percent in 2009 to a forecasted 23.2 percent in 2011.

Dec 23

Why some jobs are going unfilled

Posted by Stephen Taub in unemployment rate, unemployment, research and developmentR&D;jobsjoblessnessDeloitteCareers/Management

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Contrary to what a number of politicians have asserted in recent days, the current jobless rate is not due to a pervasive desire to cash unemployment checks and lounge around or a desire to become "hobos," as Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) asserted earlier this year.

A new Deloitte study soberly concluded what many employers have suspected for years: The potential employment pool is becoming less and less qualified for the jobs that are available.

Jul 19

Throw good money after bad? Sometimes

Posted by SherylNash01 in R&D;ending a product linecareer/management


Companies all too often stick with losing ventures despite signs of trouble, critics contend. But they acknowledge that it is often difficult to determine just how long is too long.

Still, the experts point to AOL, Google, Gillette, Michelin and Research In Motion as recent or current examples of companies that have refused to pull the plug, or delayed doing so, on products and services where margins, market share, relative growth rates and or other competitive benchmarks indicate that they would be better off investing the money tied up in them elsewhere.

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