Large companies are often relying on a few key people, who have some sort of critical knowledge. This is mostly (as far as I can see) knowledge on how the company works, and with it the knowledge of what has been tried before and why it failed. Often these key people are some sort of managers.
If one of these persons quit (as managers do quite often), the company will make the same mistakes as it did, maybe 10 years ago (I have experience from relatively stable industries).
My question is, therefore, whether there are any examples of outsourcing of such key people to low-cost countries? As this is something radically different, I can think of a number of disadvantages, so I will list the advantages: - Loyal employees (pay a person in a low-cost country double the normal salary and he/she will be more loyal than any western employees) - Less risk of the employee going to the competitor (as they do not have the network) - Replicated key personell. If the knowledge can be sent to low cost countries, it can be sent to many employees, which means that the critical knowledge can be sent to 10 people, not just one. This should be an enormous value for the company.
If you want to, I am willing to discuss ideas that arise from this thought. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org