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Ram Iyer and Dr. Suzanne Berger of MIT to be Featured Panelists at Impact of Globalization Webcast Presented by The Conference Board

Ram Iyer and Dr. Suzanne Berger of MIT to be Featured Panelists at Impact of Globalization Webcast Presented by The Conference Board

Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) August 28, 2007

Argea, an outsourcing and process consulting firm, announced today that Ram Iyer, Founder and CEO, along with Dr. Suzanne Berger, distinguished professor, Director of MIT's International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) and author of the book How We Compete, will be the featured panelists at The Conference Board's September 19th webcast "How Will Globalization Affect Mid-Sized Companies?".

The Conference Board's 2007 Mid-Market CEO Challenge survey indicated that "Competition from China and the Rest of Asia" is one of the key business challenges facing Mid-Market CEO's in the next three to five years. To delve deeper into business issues these companies are facing "on the ground", Dr. Berger has agreed to discuss her recent extensive research into competitive strategies of companies that are grappling with intensifying global business competition.

Based on the five-year study by the MIT Industrial Performance Center, Dr. Berger authored the book How We Compete that goes into the trenches of over 500 international companies to discover which practices are succeeding in today's global economy, which are failing --and why. Berger and her team examined businesses where technology changes rapidly--such as electronics and software--as well as more traditional sectors, like the automobile industry, clothing, and textile industries.

They compared the strategies and success of high-tech companies like Intel and Sony, who manufacture their products in their own plants, and Cisco and Dell, who rely primarily on outsourcing. They looked closely at textile and clothing to uncover why some companies, including the Gap and Liz Claiborne, choose to outsource production to foreign countries, while others, such as Zara and Benetton, base most operations at home.

Dr. Berger will be joined by Ram Iyer, a recognized thought leader in helping mid-market companies to adopt the extended enterprise model to improve business performance and increase competitive agility. Argea was recently recognized as one of the "Top Ten Global Boutique Advisors and Influencers for 2007" in the Black Book of Outsourcing for its contributions and leadership in addressing the special outsourcing needs of mid-sized companies. Iyer, author of the chapter "Mid-market companies Confront Globalization" in the book Six Billion Minds, has written extensively on the unique impacts of globalization in the mid-market and is a frequent speaker on mid-market issues at related industry events.

Iyer said, "The future of American mid-market companies will depend, to a large extent, on their ability to adapt to - and prosper from - the forces of globalization. This force presents not just challenges, but also unprecedented opportunities for companies to transform their organizations for long-term competitive advantage. We are very pleased to have Dr. Berger as a panelist in this webcast by The Conference Board. No better research and analysis has been done by any figure or institution on the subject of how to compete globally. Senior executives of mid-sized companies will have access to Dr. Berger's advanced insight into comparative competitive strategies that can't be obtained elsewhere."

Executives that wish to attend the webcast may register at The Conference Board's dedicated website for the event at or by calling The Conference Board directly at 212-339-0345. The webcast will begin at 11:00 AM EST and conclude at 12:30 PM EST. The fee to join the webcast is $ 350 for members and $ 450 for non-members. The fee for non-profit is $ 265 and The Conference Board working group members pay only $ 300. Group rates are available. Please contact customer service at 212-339-0345 for more information on special rates.

About Argea

Argea's Mission is to help businesses become more globally competitive by intelligently choosing and integrating global resources to drive business performance. Argea has a specialized practice devoted to helping mid-sized companies succeed in a global economy. Argea's exceptional practitioners have deep business experience and many years of outsourcing experience, and are committed to making outsourcing successful for more companies. Argea provides consulting and outsourcing management services across the entire outsourcing life cycle. To find out how Argea can help your business, please visit our website at

About The Conference Board

The Conference Board is the world's preeminent business membership and research organization. Best known for the Consumer Confidence Index and the Leading Economic Indicators, The Conference Board has, for over 90 years, equipped the world's leading corporations with practical knowledge through issues-oriented research and senior executive peer-to-peer meetings. In an uncertain world of intense competition, increasing public accountability, and global risks, The Conference Board provides its members --- top executives and industry leaders from the most respected corporations in the United States and around the world --- with vital business intelligence and forward-looking best practices. At the same time, The Conference Board promotes confidence in the free enterprise system by shaping the values critical to ethical business performance.Companies and individuals benefit by using the knowledge we create and our unrivaled global network to improve business performance. The Conference Board is a not-for-profit organization and holds 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States

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