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May 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Boeing weaker after outsourcing

Rebuild company with domestic labor

Back when outsourcing was the flavor of the month, Boeing decided it could shrink itself down [“Powering down on electronics,” Business, May 26]. Decades of competence and institutional memory were thrown away with arrogant disregard.

In particular, the outsourcing of electronics and controls has to be one of the dumbest strategic moves ever made by an American company, and I believe it will be studied as such in business schools for decades.

Recently, the company seems to have realized the potentially catastrophic folly of this strategy. Not too late, I hope. I’m just barely optimistic. Somehow the MBAs missed the occasional employee here and there who actually had airplane-building skills, and this might be enough of a base from which to rebuild the company.

Jerrold Richards, Lyle

Comments | Topics: Boeing, electronics, outsourcing

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