I was one of the presenters for the outsourcing group in this weeks presentation. Having done the research, mostly for the side that supports IT, I realized that I had a bias towards that side and found it hard to see it any other way. The presentation focused a lot on whether or not outsourcing IT was ethical or not, but it was hard to figure out what the majority of people thought. The main points from the pro-outsourcing side touched on a companies responsibility to their main stakeholders; ie. the shareholders, customers, and employees. While the anti-outsourcing side discussed the practical aspects of outsourcing including the effects on local communities and the loss of knowledge that might come as a result of outsourcing a particular sector.
We also spent a lot of time talking about the ethics of outsourcing, and whether or not it is unethical to outsource or unethical not to outsource. The first ethical theory that we discussed was act utilitarianism and how it is difficult to choose a standpoint because of the number of situations and the complexity of the variables that go into each. The next two theories were rule utilitarianism and Kantianism which provided a good debate as to how each would address the situation of outsourcing.
First of all, I want to ask what you think a companies main responsibility is? Is it to maximize profits for their stakeholders, or is it to serve the people of the community in which they operate? Also, do you think the benefits of not outsourcing outweigh the benefits of outsourcing to America as well the World as a whole? And finally, do you think the issue of outsourcing can be reduced to fit into an ethical theory, and if so which one and which way do you lean?