The Indian Offshore Advantage: How Offshoring is Changing the Face of HR

Author: Ian Hunter
Price: £99
Publisher: Orion/Gower
Pages: 117
ISBN: 0566086824

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This is a solid, practical no-messing guidebook. In keeping with this, it is not a racy read, but more of a manual – and, at times, a bit dull for that. However, if you are considering, or operating, offshore operations on the Indian sub-continent, you should read it.

The chapters take the reader through research, set-up and operational issues, and it contains many useful insights and recommendations. This is a text that could be of use to all functional areas of the business. It provides insights into how a rollout of this sort of activity might unfold, and HR professionals will clearly be able to see the potential impacts of offshore operations.

Given the overall costs involved in setting up offshore operations, this book represents a minimal and wise investment. Although the latter part of the book offers case studies and checklists, professionals in different functional areas will need to find more detailed, industry contextualised materials for their own specific needs. None of this detracts from a book which is a robust generic guide.

Useful? Three out of five stars
Well-written? Three out of five stars
Practical? Five out of five stars
Inspirational? Two out of five stars
Value for money? Three out of five stars
Overall? Three out of five stars

Reviewed by Dr Peter Stokes, principal lecturer/division leader, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire

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