A variety of government, educational and industry experts will gather in Durham next week to discuss political hot potatoes such as offshoring jobs and the United States’ trade imbalance.

The event, which is set for Dec. 8-10, is put on by the International Business Education and Research centers (CIBERs) at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the trade division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce
Among the speakers is David Abney, president of UPS International.

Also at the conference, results of a study about outsourcing based on the experiences of US Forbes Global 2000 companies will be

“Offshoring business processes began primarily with information technology services and contact centers,” said Duke CIBER Director Arie Lewin, in a statement. “This globalization of white-collar work is rapidly evolving into administrative services and higher-level, highly skilled knowledge-based jobs, such as engineering, research and design, and back office functions that two years ago would have been unthinkable.”

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