Most of the article linked below is info we've already seen. But the quote does raise some serious concerns about offshoring. Once we've trained overseas workers in ever more sophiticated skills, and transfered sensitive technology to sub-contractors, who's to say they will continue working for American companies? Americans are assuming that foreign companies lack the sophistication to turn the tables. While it's possible for partnerships to give us access to foreign markets, particularly closed markets like Asia that prefer dealing with their own companies, we can't assume the partnerships will last. It's possible we're training the companies that will eventually dominate international markets, while American companies will be reduced to meaningless, expensive upper executives. Samantha www.cfo.com/Article?article=12518&f=home_featured Offshoring, however, is a dynamic rather than static opportunity. Just as US companies would be narrow-minded to think that Asian companies can handle only low-skilled business activities, so too they would be foolish to believe that these same companies will never develop the marketing expertise needed for success in developed markets. Some Western companies might feel sufficiently threatened by that possibility and avoid working with original-design manufacturers altogether. Others, though, will be more confident of their ability to maintain a competitive advantage in developed markets even if they move key design and technology elements to Asia.