Offshoring Professional Services: Institutions and Professional Control

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Kyoung-Hee Yu

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Frank S. Levy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Urban Studies & Planning

Abstract

We examine the reasons why one might expect it to be more difficult to offshore professional work than manufacturing work in a globalized world. We then provide data on the variations in a specific case — the offshoring of diagnostic radiology from the USA, UK and Singapore. We show that existing theories on the ‘offshorability’ of jobs have not captured how national institutions and occupational regulations continue to define professional work. We then review the question of supply from India's perspective and report that both macro-institutional and organizational contexts make it complicated for Indian doctors to supply much of this service.

Suggested Citation

Yu, Kyoung-Hee and Levy, Frank S., Offshoring Professional Services: Institutions and Professional Control. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 758-783, December 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1694829 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2010.00812.x

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