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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Internationally prominent experts contribute to groundbreaking professional outsourcing course to be offered by The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management

TUCSON, Ariz. – February 8, 2005 – Former U.S. labor secretary Robert Reich and U.S. representative Jim Kolbe (R-Arizona) will be among several prominent guest lecturers contributing their experience and expertise to a new course — Outsourcing of Professional Activities — to be offered by The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management this spring.

The class will address the economic, technological, strategic, and organizational aspects of outsourcing professional services in areas such as information technology, law, and medicine, and will be the first of its kind — dedicated exclusively to professional outsourcing — to be offered at any college in the Southwest. Equally groundbreaking, two distinct versions of the course are being developed, one for UA students and one as an executive education offering. Participants in the executive education component of the course will have exclusive access to one-on-one interaction with several guest speakers, including a private discussion with former labor secretary Reich.

Outsourcing of Professional Activities is the brainchild of Dr. Amar Gupta, Eller College entrepreneurship and MIS professor and Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology. “The managers we’re training now will be global managers,” Gupta explained. “Our goal is not to give course participants one particular stance but to provide as many different perspectives as possible so that they can make informed decisions about operational costs and benefits, as well as the social and economic impacts. Since they will be dealing with global markets, globally distributed workforces, and foreign competitors, it’s essential that they be aware of the dynamics of outsourcing to be effective as global managers.”

Gupta created the Eller College course based on a similar course he co-taught as a professor at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gupta created and taught the MIT course — the first of its kind worldwide — in 2004 with former MIT dean Lester Thurow, who will also be a speaker for the Eller College course. The class was over-enrolled within 24 hours after it was announced, and due to space limitations, the professors found themselves turning away MIT students as well as students from Harvard Business School, which offered no similar class.

The course curriculum will combine lecture and readings with perspectives from a number of prominent guest speakers traveling to Tucson specifically for the course. In addition to Reich, Kolbe and Thurow, speakers will include Gio Wiederhold, professor at Stanford University and advisor to the U.S. Department of Treasury on laws dealing with offshore use of intellectual property; Vivek Pandit and Uday Singh, partners in charge of outsourcing for global consultants McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney, respectively; Ralph J. Montefusco, an organizer for Communications Workers of America, which seeks to unionize communications professionals; and senior executives with four top providers of outsourced professional services; Todd Macmallum of ICICI OneSource, Basab Pradhan of Infosys Technologies, Neeraj Nityanand of Satyam Computer Services, Ltd., and Dr. Toshiharu Mogi of Wipro Technologies, Inc.

The debate surrounding outsourcing is heating up in Arizona, which may stand to lose a significant number of jobs in semiconductor and aerospace manufacturing. Last spring, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano put a halt to outsourcing phone services for the state’s welfare and food stamp programs. At the same time, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce called on businesses to “put aside the phony outsourcing debate,” claiming more foreign companies outsource to the U.S. than vice-versa, making outsourcing a net creator of American jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor and Forrester Research project that nearly 590,000 U.S. jobs will move offshore in 2005, a number they see climbing to 3.3 million — accounting for more than $136 billion in wages — by 2015.

Outsourcing of Professional Activities will be offered Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:50pm, with executive discussion sessions on select Sundays, from March 7 to May 4, 2005. Classes will be held at the UA’s McClelland Hall. A $995 executive education, non-credit registration fee covers all course sessions.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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