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GM hiring 1,500 for computer center

Oct. 09, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

DETROIT -- General Motors plans to hire up to 1,500 workers to staff a new computer technology center outside Detroit.

It is part of a move to bring 90 percent of information technology in-house, which GM believes will make the company more nimble and efficient. The carmaker plans to hire 10,000 people at four new technology centers in the next three to five years. The centers will help get breakthrough ideas into the company's cars and trucks, GM says.

Last month the company announced it would hire 500 people for a center in Austin, Texas. The remaining two sites haven't been announced.

The hiring reverses a trend toward outsourcing computer jobs at GM. But spokeswoman Julie Huston-Rough said most carmakers strike a balance between doing computer work in the company and hiring outside firms.

The company is recruiting on college campuses and local information technology job fairs. It's looking for people to fill jobs in software development, database management, project management and business analysis.

Author to discuss 'virtuous' entrepreneur

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Is it possible for a capitalist entrepreneur to also be virtuous? Author and professor Stephen Hicks will share his thoughts on the subject at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Hicks is speaking Wednesday as part of a fall series sponsored by the school's Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality. The speech is at 7 p.m. at the National Technology Transfer Center auditorium.

Hicks directs the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford College in Illinois.

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