Michael Marks, currently manager of a private equity fund and former CEO and chairman of Flextronics, has joined Forbes as a columnist writing about global manufacturing, outsourcing and offshoring.
Marks has extensive manufacturing experience, and in his introductory column, he outlined some of the broad beliefs that will form the foundation for his writing.
While I am encouraged by several of them, at least one of them surprised me a bit.
Marks describes himself as an optimist who supports globalization of the
No argument there. However, I am intrigued by another of his statements.
--outsourcing makes companies more efficient and is a requirement to compete effectively
That comment might seem to be at odds with lean principles. Those of us who champion a lean strategy argue that you don’t have to outsource operations to be an effective competitor.
On the other hand, it depends on what and how you are outsourcing. Simply saying you support outsourcing doesn’t necessarily make you anti-lean
The reason I care about what Marks writes is that Forbes is widely read and well-respected. A Forbes columnist can influence what business leaders think.
I look forward to reading Marks’ future columns. He should have some interesting things to say.