April 2004

Project Management

Leveraging a globalized work force

If managed with discipline, a workshare approach can yield significant benefits for all project stakeholders

Connor, T., Fluor Corp.

In a recent project management forum at a major engineering office in Houston, a speaker described how a large portion of the engineering for his Midwestern US refinery project was successfully executed in New Delhi, India. The speaker used his company's current techno-vernacular to describe his experience: "worksharing," "one-team," "global engineering centers" and so on. Still, everyone knew he was talking about exporting jobs that were once performed by US employees. This project's success is a part of the engineering industry's contribution to the 3 million US service jobs that will be moved overseas by 2015.1 The project managers in the audience were receptive to this sub

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