PICMET '05 Special Sessions

PICMET Planning Session

Thursday, August 4, 2005
15:30 - 17:00
Pavilion East

PICMET attendees will provide feedback on PICMET '05 and develop plans for upcoming PICMETs in a special planning section.


Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Hilton Pavilion


Professor Burton V. Dean, College of Business, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA Global Outsourcing (GO) is continuing to be a primary means for US firms to increase their competitiveness and to achieve competitive advantages. GO is the movement of business processes in US firms to external service providers outside of the US. It is estimated that 3.3 million US service jobs will be moved overseas by 2015, equivalent to 7.5% of all current US jobs (Forrester Research).

Global outsourcing project management (GOPM) involves additional problems and skills beyond those in the case of typical project management. Results will be presented on the actual GOPM experiences of 20 Silicon Valley firms. What are the factors behind the increase in GO? Why have these firms outsourced projects? What are the typical steps in GOPM? What is the project evaluation and selection process? What are the actual costs and benefits of GO? How can GOPM be improved?

Burton Dean is known for his contributions to the fields of operations research, project management, and R&D/Technology Management. His current research on Global Outsourcing is an outgrowth of his Silicon Valley experiences as the founder/director of the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship and the founder/director of the SJSU Entrepreneurial Society, and based on his analysis of 50 Silicon Valley Global Outsourcing Projects. Currently he is serving on the Advisory Boards of the Environmental Business Cluster and Yakima Filters, Inc., and has co-founded Pyramid Technology, Inc. and Com Share, Ltd. He is the author/editor of six books, and has published more than 30 chapters and 120 papers.

*This optional event is NOT INCLUDED in the PICMET registration. Tickets can be purchased at the registration desk for $25 each.