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My Sentiments Exactly!

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I've been usually criticised (of course by a lot of well meaning people) for bashing the current development model of the indian economy, or the fact that I constantly rant about how its really bad that low entry barriers to the BPO and other back office industries imparts a serious strain on innovation within the economy. But hearing the ex-CEO of Wipro, a major player in the Indian IT and ITES diaspora echoing my sentiments was definitely as pleasent surprise that I never could have expected in a million years.

Here is the link to the interview at Knoweldge@Wharton.


Written by vishnuvyas

April 20, 2006 at 2:18 pm

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  1. what do you mean by low entry barriers?


    April 20, 2006 at 5:24 pm

  2. By low entry barriers, I mean that its far easier to get a job in the IT and ITES sector nowadays than it was some time ago(like 10 years ago). The reason being that it there is great demand due to the boom in this industry and there is a lack of supply of decent, even mediocre engineers.

    One good example is the way hiring is done by companies. Espescially in campus interviews. I have a lot of friends who love the infosys exam because thats the only one that ‘lacks’ a technical section. Ironic isn’t it? Engineers who have been doing nothing but computer science for the past four years love it when there is no ‘technical-section’?

    Taking engineering stream, getting an IT/ITES job is seen as the easy way to a quick and decent living today. Though it is not bad as it is able to provide gainful employement to a considerable amount of educated people, it also reduces their apetite for risk. With people taking the easy way out, a lot of people who could innovate are settling to lesser (intellectually, and in many cases even economically prosperous) lifestyles. Who knows how many entreprueners that India would have missed because they are slogging thier lives under fake accents in some BPO.

    Interestingly, though completely unrelated to this post is the nature of labour in this sector. Though no official, i.e legislative deregulation has taken place in the IT/ITES labour market, there is extensive labor law violation. Some of these are not really bad in the sense that proper dergulation would make it legal anyway. Which could prove this as an golden case-study/example of the reality of labour deregulation. There are so many subtleties and arguments that can be put here that probably deserves a new post on its own.


    April 20, 2006 at 6:30 pm

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