Post crisis conditions of work and employment in Indian BPO

Philip Taylor, Chandrima Roy

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Abstract

In the context of the globalization of business services from 2000, most attention focused on the high-profile offshoring of call centres from the developed economies of the global North (United State, United Kingdom, Canada) to the so-called developing economies of the global South, particularly India (e.g. Dossani and Kenney, 2007). Contrasting but complementary challenges confronted organised and organising labour at both nodes of capital’s transnational servicing chains (Taylor and Bain, 2008). However, these important debates rested exclusively on evidence derived from the period preceding the crisis of 2008.
A re-evaluation is now required based on the re-configured political economy of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and changed conditions of work and experiences of labour in the offshored industry. Given the lacuna of published work on post-crisis Indian BPO, this paper cuts new ground. It examines the dynamics of work and employment across capital’s three contrasting servicing chain relationships (Indian third-party, global third-party provider, in-house), that span the spectrum of offshoring. Evidence from in-depth interviews with senior managers, middle managers and, crucially, agents engaged on ‘voice’ and back-office services indicate somewhat differing conditions and experiences that emerging labour organising strategies need to acknowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2015
EventCanadian Association of Work and Labor Studies - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 Jun 20155 Jun 2015
http://cawls.ca/en/conferences/2015-annual-conference/

Conference

ConferenceCanadian Association of Work and Labor Studies
CountryCanada
CityOttawa
Period3/06/155/06/15
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Keywords

  • work and employment
  • labor process theory
  • labor studies
  • political economy
  • labor power

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    Taylor, P., & Roy, C. (2015). Post crisis conditions of work and employment in Indian BPO. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Work and Labor Studies, Ottawa, Canada.