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2011 report how business practices in the late 1970s and 1980s
began encouraging the relocation of labor from the states.
"It became possible and attractive for firms to do business in,
to, and from far more countries," the authors wrote. "Changes
in corporate governance and compensation caused U.S.
managers to adopt an approach to management that focused
attention on the stock price and short-term performance."4
These moves, the Harvard professors wrote, resulted in
"firms [that] invested less in shared resources such as pools
of skilled labor, supplier networks, an educated populace, and
the physical and technical infrastructure on which U.S. competitiveness ultimately depends."5
From there, the reshoring effect blossomed, and U.S.
jobs kept disappearing over time. For example, some have
estimated that 3.2 million U.S. jobs were outsourced to China
between 2001 and 2013.6
Naturally, many in the United States consider this outsourcing trend to be a continued economic threat. In a 2016 Pew
Research report, eight in 10 adults said increased outsourcing
of jobs to other countries hurts American workers7-and leaders like Trump are reacting.

Other offshoring effects

Many economics experts argue that the larger benefits of trade
and offshoring-lower prices on imported goods, improved
working conditions in developing countries as part of international agreements and higher wages in those countries-should
compensate for disappearing jobs in the United States.
A 2016 study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor David Autor, however, suggested the costs and benefits
are unevenly distributed.8
"It certainly is the case that trade contributes to certain lower-priced goods and services, and on the average, that lowers
the cost of living," Autor wrote. "But for displaced workers, the
fact that things are 10% cheaper at Walmart is just not making
up for the fact that they're not employed."9
Autor's study also suggested U.S. organizations' innovation efforts are negatively affected by offshoring, too. That's
because R&D and manufacturing depend on each other. If
they're separated-with manufacturing offshored while R&D
remains in the United States-close coordination that is sometimes needed to innovate can be lost.10
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GETTING TO KNOW ...

Sandra Storli
current position

Works in the field of corporate
quality and compliance.

education

MBA from Franklin University
in Columbus, OH; master's
degree in quality and regulatory
from Purdue University in West
Lafayette, IN.

What's the best
career advice you
ever received?

technical report, "Best
Quality Practices for
Biomedical Research
in Drug Development"
(August 2012).

Never give up, and
continue to pursue
excellence.

Are you active in
ASQ?

What was the last
book you read?
Retire Inspired: It's Not
an Age, It's a Financial
Number (Ramsey
Press, 2016) by Chris
Hogan.

Have you ever
authored an
article?
I wrote an article
on process auditing
for The Auditor, an
Exemplar Global
publication, and
co-authored "The
Current State of
Validating the Accuracy of Clinical Data
Reporting," for the
Journal of Infection
Control and Hospital
Epidemiology (June
2013), and an ASQ

I serve as past chair
and membership chair
of ASQ's Northeastern Illinois Section,
membership chair of
the Audit Division,
audit chair of Human
Development and
Leadership Division, and regional
counselor of the Food,
Drug and Cosmetic
Division.

pursue your dreams.
I met her during my
freshman year in
college, and she was
going back to school
at the age of 75.

What was the last
movie you saw?
"Patriots Day," the
drama-thriller film
about the 2013 Boston
Marathon bombings.

What do you do
for fun?

Any recent honors
or awards?

Gardening and exercising. For a few years,
I enjoyed running
and completed five
marathons. I enjoy
cycling now.

Elected to ASQ's 2017
class of fellows.

What is your
quality take?

Did you have a
mentor?
Doris Sjobolm, who
inspired me that it's
never too late to

Quality is the thread
that connects every
aspect of our lives.
Quality matters in
everything we do. It
allows us to continually improve and strive
for excellence.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - March 2017

Seen and Heard
Expert Answers
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Field Notes
Innovation Imperative
Hard Wired
Propel Forward
Life After Disruption
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Statistics Spotlight
Standard Issues
Marketplace
Footnotes
Back to Basics
Quality Progress - March 2017 - cover1
Quality Progress - March 2017 - cover2
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 1
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 2
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 3
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 4
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 5
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Seen and Heard
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 7
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Expert Answers
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 9
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Progress Report
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 11
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 12
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Mr. Pareto Head
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Field Notes
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 15
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 16
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 17
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Innovation Imperative
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 20
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 21
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Hard Wired
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - Propel Forward
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - Life After Disruption
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 39
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Work Smarter, Not Harder
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 42
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 43
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Statistics Spotlight
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 45
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 46
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 47
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Standard Issues
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 49
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Marketplace
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 51
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Footnotes
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 55
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Back to Basics
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