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OUTSOURCING

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Definition:
Delegating (part of) activities to an outside contractor.

Context:
The term “offshoring” is sometimes used synonymously with the term “outsourcing”. However, outsourcing means acquiring services from an outside (unaffiliated) company or an offshore supplier. In contrast, a company can source offshore services from either an unaffiliated foreign company (offshore outsourcing) or by investing in a foreign affiliate (offshore in-house sourcing).

United States Government Accountability Office, September 2004, International Trade – Current Government Data Provide Limited Insight into Offshoring of Services, Appendix II, Washington DC

www.gao.gov/new.items/d04932.pdf>.

Source Publication:
Adapting new technologies to census operations, Arij Dekker, Symposium on Global Review of 2000 Round of Population and Housing Censuses: Mid-Decade Assessment and Future Prospects, Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat New York, 7-10 August 2001, Glossary.

Cross References:
Offshoring

Hyperlink:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/docs/symposium_06.htm#_Toc8547016

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Last updated on Friday, November 26, 2004