Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How Offshore Outsourcing Affects Customer Satisfaction

The outsourcing of customer service to offshore providers has gotten a lot of bad press in the U.S., with reports citing language problems and the exporting of jobs. But, despite the potential for such reports to alienate consumers, this offshoring continues to grow, driven mainly by the lower labor costs overseas. Are companies that send customer service abroad making a mistake? It's hard to answer that question without knowing offshoring's actual impact on customer satisfaction. Our research indicates the effect in most cases is significantly negative -- but similar to the effect of outsourcing customer service domestically. That suggests companies shouldn't necessarily forgo the savings they can reap from offshoring. But if they're going to do it, they'd better do it right. (The Wall Street Journal 07/07/08)

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