Interesting read. but would like to throw my .02 in here....
any type of manufacturing is a numbers game. I work in the pharmaceutical world as a tech on the automation systems that manufacture cartridges and vials of insulin. The company I work for is located in denmark...HOWEVER, I work at the plant in the U.S.
We compete with our 3 other manufacturing plants to maximize company profit (here is the numbers game)... By our work ethics and everyone's input to reduce cost and waste, we have blown by our other plants by simply working smarter. I firmly believe that if Dell utilized some of our strategies, then they would have more plants in the U.S. and less overseas. I absolutely HATE working by #'s but the #'s speak for themselves. We change a process by a small adjustment and we can increase our units/hr by over 6,000.... 6,000 Vials of medication per hour is a definite increase in company output...all just by thinking as a group with the same goal.
Sorry for the lengthy post...but I believe Dell becoming a "global" company could have been avoided or at least slowed down if they thought smarter and not so much looking for the cheaper way.