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Global "Body Shopping" by Biao Xiang

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Chapter 1

The Global Niche for Body Shopping

The single most important catalyst defining the form of the body-shopping practice was the global demand for the “Y2K” programs. Primarily based on the largely obsolete IBM mainframe technology, the Y2K programs involved little innovative design, but their implantations were extremely labor and time intensive. Hence, it made more sense for companies to outsource their Y2K projects to software service firms (vendors) who were better placed to organize large numbers of contract workers dedicated to this task. When the Y2K frenzy became widespread by 1998 in Australia, larger vendors often targeted clients with a high revenue base and willing to consider broader involvements beyond Y2K projects, some ...

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