Honolulu, July 23 :
While manufacturing and low-level service jobs in the US are increasingly being moved offshore, it is widely assumed that Research and Development (R&D) jobs are not. However, Asiaâ€™s rise as an important location for outsourcing has begun to challenge these ideas.
Dieter Ernst, a senior fellow at the East-West Centre, says Asiaâ€™s emergence in innovative offshoring not only challenges these ideas but also â€˜sense of complacency they have engenderedâ€™.
A newly published study, â€œInnovation Offshoring: Asiaâ€™s Emerging Role in Glo-bal Innovation Networksâ€, notes that â€˜innovation offshoring is driven by profound changes in corporate innovation management as well as by the globalisation of markets for technology and knowledge workers.â€™
Ernst analyses the forces behind the growing geographical mobility of innovation and shows that â€œthe US companies are at the forefront of this trend, experimenting with new