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Sourcing may refer to:


  • Several related procurement practices:
    • Sourcing (personnel), the practice of recruiting talent
    • sourcing, where a service is performed by staff from inside an organization and also by an external service provider
    • sourcing, a supply chain, purchasing/procurement, and inventory function
    • sourcing, using an undefined, generally large group of people or community in the form of an open call to perform a task
    • sourcing, a procurement strategy aimed at exploiting global efficiencies in production
    • sourcing, a process of contracting a business function to someone else to be completed in-house
    • sourcing, a strategy for acquiring materials from countries with lower labour and production costs
    • sourcing, a strategy that treats a function, such as IT, as a portfolio of activities, some of which should be outsourced and others of which should be performed internally
    • sourcing, the process of contracting a business function to someone else
    • sourcing, a practice of rewarding suppliers for attempting to achieve minority-owned business spending goals of their customer
    • sourcing, a component of supply chain management, for improving and re-evaluating purchasing activities
    • sourcing, in which a company and service provider in a business relationship focus on shared goals


  • Open-sourcing, the act of releasing previously proprietary software under an open source/free software license
  • Power sourcing equipment, network devices that will provide power in a Power over Ethernet (PoE) setup