This is a repost of an article by MBA venture capitalist John Gannon.
“How to outsource” – a course where you have to build something (that actually works) using only offshore teams or individuals.
Syllabus is simple. Give each student $500 in credit on eLance/oDesk and let ‘er rip. Students can pool resources to build bigger/cooler stuff or they can go it alone. Throw in a mentor or two who have run some serious but scrappy outsourced dev projects to help people when they start flailing.
Benefits to the students are huge:
I think the above is increasingly relevant, not only for Western companies that contract work offshore, but also for local companies in the PH that get work done through freelancers. What this means is that if you're the manager, and of course as an MBA student you need to know this ahead, you'll have to deal with a diff set of issues:
These are some of the things MBA students need to prepare for, and sadly these are not being taught right now. Oftentimes one has to contend with real life as a place to practice. This should be ok, except that the costs of failing are just too high.
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