Offshoring By Any Other Name
from the smelling--sweet? dept
Not too many people like the sound of “offshoring” — literally, the sound of the word — not just its meaning. So the euphemisms to replace “offshoring” are springing up everywhere, with not-so-sneaky terms like “co-sourcing” and “global sourcing” peppering our vernacular. Outsourcing is dead, too, replaced with the mouthful: “business process transformation services” agreements. Isn’t that so double-plus-ungood? Obviously, offshoring is still with us, and it’s going to be with us, and it arguably should be with us. So while avoiding the word offshoring might avoid the spread of panic, hopefully we’re not forgetting to address the root causes of our concerns: that we haven’t answered the ‘What’s Next?’ question. Though perhaps using bigger words and round-about descriptions is part of the plan to help educate the country to think more critically.