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Offshoring Professional Services: Institutions and Professional Control

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  • Kyoung-Hee Yu
  • Frank Levy

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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. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2010.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 48 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 758-783

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Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:48:y:2010:i:4:p:758-783

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