Does globalization increase productivity? Does it make companies more profitable? There are obvious cost savings due to salary differences across the world, but when we go beyond this obvious point, we find both benefits and deficits. In this note, I explore the more intangible benefits and drawbacks of globalization from a UI designer's point of view. I am a user interface designer working in California for a large multinational company based in Europe. I am part of a broadly distributed interdisciplinary team, working on a strategic project with many interdependencies. My team members work in six geographical locations, namely…
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