Friday, August 24, 2007

Raman Roy: The Father of Indian Outsourcing

Raman Roy (pictured above) has been referred to as the "father of Indian outsourcing," "one of the pioneers of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in India," and "the father of India BPOs." In terms of his impact on the global economy, Raman Roy probably ranks in importance with figures like Bill Gates. Check him out here:

Wharton School (UPenn) interview with Raman Roy.

Wikipedia listing for Raman Roy.

CBS "60 Minutes" transcript of "Out of India" featuring Raman Roy's famous quote "Geography is history, Morley (Safer), distances don't matter anymore."

Forbes story on "The Father of Indian Outsourcing."

Exciting opportunity: Raman Roy is speaking to the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday, September 12 in Birmingham, Michigan, on the topic "Harnessing Global Intellectual Capital to Create Corporate Value." I will be taking a group of University of Michigan-Flint students to the luncheon, free of charge (thanks to a corporate sponsor), and we will meet with Raman Roy before the luncheon in a private reception for students only. If you are a UM-Flint student and interested, please send me an email at your earliest convenience, this is an incredible opportunity and I'll do my best to accommodate as many students as possible, on a first-come, first-served basis!


At 8/25/2007 1:19 AM, Blogger happyjuggler0 said...

From the first link:

You know, what they promise is a single-window clearance. Unfortunately, there are 25 single windows you need to go to. That is the reality on the ground, though there are a few exceptions, such as the state of Hyderabad in southern India. Other areas have unbelievable levels of bureaucracy. For instance, Wipro-Spectramind just set up a center in Pune, a city in western India. I counted the number of signatures required on various documents. There were I think 119 places that I signed to get approval to start an operation there.

That's just brutal. Directly or indirectly, every single Indian citizen is significantly poorer as a result of this, due to lesser foreign direct investment, resulting in less competition for employees, resulting in lower pay, not to mention slower and lesser goods and services.

If you think about the power of compounding, this bureaucratic nightmare is murderously costly.

At 5/06/2008 11:27 PM, Blogger Sarita Revulagadda said...

Correction: Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, a state in southern India.

At 7/04/2008 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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