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OffshoreExploring the Worlds of Global Outsourcing$
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Jamie Peck

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727408.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Going Offshore

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Offshore
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Jamie Peck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727408.003.0001

This chapter provides an introduction to the book, presenting key terms and the scope of the subsequent discussion. Politically controversial, offshore outsourcing has been associated with the dirty work of globalization, but it is also inherently difficult work (even) from a managerial perspective. Outsourcing “engagements” are subject to persistent organizational stress, and ongoing pressure to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Over time, the work has become part of the mid-management grind for many companies. While those involved in outsourcing engagements aspire to move from transactional to transformational approaches, and from cheap-labor arbitrage to more value-adding, partnership-based models involving shared innovation, these goals of “high-road” development are frequently frustrated by the entrenched culture of price-based competition and by the dominance of corporate buyers in supply chains.

Keywords:   offshoring, outsourcing, globalization, transactional outsourcing, transformational outsourcing

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