Ron Hira on the Inside Story of Outsourcing America

    Jan 24, 2019

    Irrational behavior is a part of human nature, but as MIT professor Dan Ariely has discovered in 20 years of researching behavioral economics, people tend to behave irrationally in a predictable fashion. Drawing on psychology and economics, behavioral economics can show us why cautious people make poor decisions about sex when aroused, why patients get greater relief from a more expensive drug over its cheaper counterpart and why honest people may steal office supplies or communal food, but not money. According to Ariely, our understanding of economics, now based on the assumption of a rational subject, should, in fact, be based on our systematic, unsurprising irrationality. In his new book Predictably Irrational, Ariely argues that greater understanding of previously ignored or misunderstood forces (emotions, relativity and social norms) that influence our economic behavior brings a variety of opportunities for reexamining individual motivation and consumer choice, as well as economic and educational policy. For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars: * High-Impact Decision Making: Reducing Risks, Maximizing Results * Get Sharp: Smarter Decision Making and Critical Thinking for Administrative Professionals * Real World Financial Decision Making: Applying the Tools of Corporate Finance * Market Research: How to Get the Right Data to Make the Right Decisions * Managing Chaos: Tools to Set Priorities and Make Decisions under Pressure To learn more, read these AMACOM Books: * How Great Decisions Get Made, by Don Maruska * No Limit: The Texas Hold'Em Guide to Winning in Business, by Donald G. Krause, Jeff CarterOne of the hottest, most controversial topics in the news is the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries. Outsourced jobs are extending well beyond the manufacturing sector to include white-collar professionals, particularly in information...One of the hottest, most controversial topics in the news is the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries. Outsourced jobs are extending well beyond the manufacturing sector to include white-collar professionals, particularly in information technology, financial services, and customer service. In his new book Outsourcing America, Ron Hira reveals just how much outsourcing is taking place, what its impact is and will be, and what can be done about the loss of jobs. Ron Hira, Ph.D., PE, is a recognized expert on outsourcing, and the only person to testify twice before Congress on its implications. He has appeared on national television and radio, and has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Times of London and other publications.AMA_Edgewise_0815.mp3