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Offshore : exploring the worlds of global outsourcing

Author: Jamie Peck
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Offshore outsourcing-the movement of jobs to lower-wage countries-is one of the defining features of globalization. Routine blue-collar work has been going offshore for decades, but the digital revolution beginning in the 1990s extended this process to many parts of the service economy too. Politically controversial from the beginning, "offshoring" is conventionally seen as a threat to jobs, wages, and economic  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jamie Peck
ISBN: 9780198727408 0198727402
OCLC Number: 978721846
Description: 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jamie Peck.

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