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Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 325–353 | Cite as

Fair Shares: A Preliminary Framework and Case Analyzing the Ethics of Offshoring

  • Cameron Gordon
  • Alan Zimmerman
Original Paper

Abstract

Much has been written about the offshoring phenomenon from an economic efficiency perspective. Most authors have attempted to measure the net economic effects of the strategy and many purport to show that “in the long run” that benefits will outweigh the costs. There is also a relatively large literature on implementation which describes the best way to manage the offshoring 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 and then applies this framework to basic case study of offshoring in the U.S. The paper following discusses the definition of offshoring; shifts to the basic philosophical grounding of the ethical concepts; develops a template for conducting an ethics analysis of offshoring; applies this template using basic 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 paper concludes with suggestions for further research.

Keywords

Business ethics Corporate Social Responsibility Ethics Justice International outsourcing Offshoring Outsourcing U.S. 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business and GovernmentUniversity of CanberraBruceAustralia
  2. 2.Business DepartmentCity University of New York, College of Staten IslandStaten IslandUSA

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