CPSC 430 – July 23, 2010

I’m currently taking CPSC 430 and one of the requirements is to keep a journal throughout the term. I will be blogging here my class notes, thoughts, and links as they come up that are relevant to the course material. Also, see the other posts in the CPSC 430 category.

Class Notes

  • Globalization
    • Canada’s strength – multicultural
    • But media/groups pick and choose photos that support their views
    • Visa
      • Kantian?
      • Moral hazard – person’s skills don’t matter -> random chance
  • Multinational Teams
    • Communication breakdowns/difficulties
    • Timezone issues
    • Cost of living Canada/Vancouver > USA for example (harder to pay relocation)
    • Even cost of living in India is increasing
  • Back to Globalization
    • Made possible with recent technology – Skype, Google Docs
    • + competition increases, redistributes wealth, increase stability
    • – WTO superior to countries, forces workers to compete with foreigners
    • E.g., manager at Microsoft hires person in India – bring them over on H1-B, hire local American or Canadian?
    • Infosys – IT in India
      • Outsourcing here is good for India
      • IT in India quite developed into respectable industry
      • Silicon Valley salaries high because people control means of production
      • Employees bring production by themselves compared to automotive assembly line where company controls production infrastructure
      • Companies try to up their business – in India, e.g., Infosys, the business is in IT services, not development or leadership of technologies.  No push to be creative, just $$$
        • Probably will get there, but no resources to push now

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