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Delegating (part of) activities to an outside contractor.

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


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.

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Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Last updated on Friday, November 26, 2004