"Offshoring" has such negative connotations in the US that I prefer to describe what we do here at Honeywell Labs as "working with global laboratory teams." There are three reasons for a technology company to start a global lab in a particular location. First, it might want to position a lab close to some special world-class talent in a particular technology. This usually means a university, from which they can draw both talent and technology. Hewlett-Packard comes to mind when I think about this model. Second, a lab might be placed in a country that represents a large future…
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