Definition of Outsourcing
(noun) Of a business or government, the act or process of contracting an outside source, instead of internal employees, to do work (services).
- American English – /ay-sek-shuh-wAl-uh-tee/
- British English – /ay-sek-syoo-Al-it-ee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /OUt-sor-sing/
- British English – /OUt-saw-sing/
- Plural: outsourcings
- Variant spelling: out-sourcing
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “outsourcing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
outsourcing. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “outsourcing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“outsourcing.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/>.