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The paper "Assessment Information Strategic Management" Is a great example of a Management Case Study. Offshoring is a phrase that has become famous in the last century. There is a common belief that offshoring has a negative effect on the economy (Mankiw and Swagel, 2006). Off-shoring is termed as the replacement of domestically sourced labor with imported labor. Many companies prefer to use foreign labor in place of domestic labor as a strategy to save on cost. Companies today prefer to send jobs offshore in order to save on labor costs.

The benefits of moving some activities offshore are potentially significant. According to Mankiw and Swagel (2006), offshoring is able to save between 40-70% labor costs. There are additional benefits beyond cost-saving. Companies often enjoy the advantages o scale since most offshore workers are large scale. In addition, labor that is offshored from developing countries is productive and value work more (Woodhead, 2006). The loss of jobs in Australia due to offshoring has been an issue for many years now. Many companies in Australia have moved its activities offshores which has affected the economy of the country. This report will analyze the external and internal issues that have affected ANZ and have driven it to move jobs offshore.

It will also identify the major stakeholders of ANZ and how the decision to offshore activities will affect them. It will also explain why some jobs will still be based in Australia and its related implications. Overview of ANZ Offshoring Activities The Australia New Zealand bank is the fourth largest bank in Australia and offers its products and services on the basis of commercial and retail banking.

The bank offers online banking services to its customers (ANZ, 2007). It uses the B2B and B2C digital commerce models and takes advantage of technological advancement and computer based information systems. It established an offshoring center in India in 1989. In 2005, ANZ Bank decided to off-shore IT work, business processes, and software development work to workers in India and Bangalore (ANZ, 2007). In addition, the bank has also offshored other functions such as call centers, account maintenance, and financial forecasting work. However, direct customer contact function was maintained in Australia.

The decision of ANZ to move some jobs offshore was a primary goal of doubling profits and reducing labor costs. In addition, the decision was made in order to free up the staff in Australia in order for them to focus more on the customers (ANZ, 2007). India is considered to have a lower labor cost compared to Australia. The country has also a younger workforce and a large employment pool of educated individuals. Currently, the Australia New Zealand Bank has employed a total of 4800 IT employees in Australia and New Zealand and more than 2000 in India (ANZ, 2007).

The bank is also in the process of offshoring more workers from China. Australia has an IT skill shortage which has contributed to the decision of ANZ to offshore IT jobs. Nevertheless, although the bank has benefited from offshoring, there are a number of challenges that the bank faced in its quest to offshore jobs. For instance, offshoring jobs in India have exposed ANZ to political, regulatory, and legal risks. In addition, cultural and language barriers interfered with the offshoring plan (ANZ, 2006).

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