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ATLANTA, GEORGIA, April 22, 2004 –(PRNewswire)--
This Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) event took place on Thursday, April 22, 2004 from 11:00-12:30 pm EST in the Seminar room (114) at IPST.

Dr. Martin Kenney is a professor with the Department of Human and Community Development at University of California – Davis and Senior Project Director for the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. He spoke on "Lift & shift - offshoring service and shifting US economy".

This lecture explored a concept we can call Lift and Shift -- The Offshoring Service Provision to India, in which the reasons for and degree and rate of the shifting of US economy services jobs to India are explored. This material pointed out who is involved in the shift of service jobs to India, and what the rationale are for their decisions plus what are the residual risks such shifts create for those affecting such shifts.

Implications for the US economy of such services jobs offshoring was also addressed and compared/contrasted to the recent years' offshoring of US-based manufacturing jobs. Also discussed were the reasons that India is much more involved in the rate of offshoring of services jobs than other countries often written about -- such as Indonesia, China and Ireland.

Dr. Kenney said, “The offshoring of jobs from the US economy may have major implications for the health and well being of the US economy across time, and understanding the current realities is critical to be able to fully comprehend the nature of these potential domestic economic implications across time”.

Dr. Kenney obtained a B.A. in Sociology in 1974 and his M.A. in 1976 also in Sociology, both from San Diego State University. He holds a Development Sociology Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, 1984. He had been a Professor at UC-Davis since 1992, and a visiting Professor or instructor at Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi, Tokyo, Japan; Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan; University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark; Kobe University, Kobe, Japan and Cambridge University.

He is the author or editor of the following books:

M. Kenney with R. Florida (Eds.). 2004. Locating Global Advantage: Industry Dynamics in the International Economy (Stanford: Stanford University Press).

M. Kenney (Ed.). 2000. Understanding Silicon Valley: Anatomy of an Entrepreneurial Region (Stanford: Stanford University Press).
Translated into Japanese in 2002 (Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Huoron-sha)

M. Kenney and R. Florida. 1993. Beyond Mass Production: The Japanese System and Its Transfer to the U.S. (Oxford University Press 1993).

R. Florida and M. Kenney. 1990, paperback 1991. The Breakthrough Illusion: Corporate America's Failure to Link Production and Innovation. (New York: Basic Books)

M. Kenney. 1986, paperback 1988. Biotechnology: The University-Industrial Complex. (New Haven: Yale University Press).

As always the Distinguished Lecture Series is offered live in the Institute of Paper Science and Technology’s Kress Auditorium and by live and archived webcast. For more information on the Distinguished Lecture Series please visit: http://www.cpbis.gatech.edu/dls2004.

This was the last of the Distinguished Lecture Series for this academic year. The lectures are co-sponsored by CPBIS, the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST) at Georgia Tech and Buckman Laboratories.

About CPBIS: The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) is a globally recognized and industry-valued academic center, creating knowledge and tools that support paper industry decision-makers, and producing interdisciplinary graduates who contribute to the long-term success of the paper industry. The CPBIS is co-sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the Paper Industry.


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