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How does Silicon Valley Evaluate Foreign Education and Experience? The Fourth Annual Globalization of Services Conference

IT firms in Silicon Valley access talent globally, recruiting from colleges abroad and recruiting firms, and personnel transfers from overseas affiliates. Another strategy is to open offshore operations--though this restricts access to a few locations, in countries with large labor pools this may spur innovation, while providing access to domestic markets.

The conference, the fourth in the annual Globalization of Services series, will explore SV firms' assessment of foreign education and experience, the career paths of foreign engineers, and the impact on firms' capacity for scale and innovation. The intent is to understand whether selecting from a global labor force enables US employers to select just the "best" worker or is motivated by other considerations. The conference is limited to 40 persons, including panelists.

Presentations may be downloaded below.

Parking Information

final Agenda

8:00Continental Breakfast
9:00Welcome and Introductions 
Michael Teitelbaum, Sloan Foundation; Philip Martin, University of California, Davis
9:15-10:30Why hire engineers from overseas: findings from a quality study on Indian and Chinese engineers 
Martin Carnoy and Rafiq Dossani, Stanford University 
Discussant: TBA 
10:45-12:30The experience of large IT firms 
Bill Pearson, Intel; Otto Schmid, NVidia; E.Subramanian, Tata Consultancy Services; Raja Raj, Wipro 
Discussant: Petri Rouvinen, ETLA, Finland
1:00-2:30Lunch at Google, Mountain View, hosted by Raj Shah 
Presentation, panel discussion and campus tour 
3:00-4:15The experience of startups and small IT firms 
Robert Lee, Achievo; Praveen Singh, Arada; Ashish Dixit, Tensilica 
Discussant: TBA
4:30-5:30Recruiting engineers from Asia 
Anu Parthasarathy, Global Executive Talent; Badri Gopalan, Synopsys; Yatin Trivedi, Synopsys 
Discussant: Manuel Serapio, University of Colorado, Denver


Parking Information:

The conference is being held in the Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall, located at 616 Serra Street on the Stanford University campus.

Attendees should parking in visitor parking. Parking on campus, particularly near Encina Hall, is extremely limited due to recent construction. Attendees should give themselves plenty of time to find a parking spot.

Visitor parking is either at meters with coins or at the "pay and display" machines. Please note that if you park at a meter that take coins you will need $12 in quarters for a full day.

Here are the locations of visitor parking, in order of increasing distance from Encina Hall. Please refer to the visitor parking map for info:

  1. Directly in front of Encina Hall (coins only) 
  2. Directly across the street from Encina Hall (coins only) 
  3. On Memorial Way just off Galvez, south of the Alumni Center (machines) 
  4. At the Track House lot, Galvez and Campus Drive East 
  5. In Parking Structure 6, on the southeast corner of campus around Campus Drive East and Wilbur Lane. This is your best bet for a spot but is 5-10 minutes from Encina Hall.


This conference is the 4th annual "Globalization of Services" conference, generously supported by the Sloan Foundation.