Fair Shares: A Framework for Analyzing the Ethics of Offshoring

36 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2009

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Cameron Gordon

University of Canberra

Alan Zimmerman

City University of New York/College of Staten Island

Date Written: December 11, 2009

Abstract

Much has been written about the outsourcing phenomenon. Most authors have attempted to measure and/or minimize its effects or show that “in the long run” the benefits will outweigh the costs. Many authors have described the best way to manage the outsourcing process. But what is the morality of offshoring? What is its “rightness” or “wrongness?” Little analysis of the ethics of offshoring has been completed thus far. This paper develops a preliminary framework for analyzing the ethics of offshoring. The first section of this paper following this introduction discusses the meaning of the terms ethics, morality and fairness. The second section looks at data for offshoring in the United States and conducts a preliminary ethical analysis of the phenomenon in that country, using a form of utilitarianism as an analytical baseline. The third section provides conclusions and suggestions for further research.

Keywords: offshoring, ethics, CSR, corporate social responsibility, outsourcing, international economics

JEL Classification: F00, F21, F23

Suggested Citation

Gordon, Cameron Elliott and Zimmerman, Alan, Fair Shares: A Framework for Analyzing the Ethics of Offshoring (December 11, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1521955 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1521955

Cameron Elliott Gordon (Contact Author)

University of Canberra ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia
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Alan Zimmerman

City University of New York/College of Staten Island ( email )

NY
United States

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