The Offshoring Elephant in the Room: Turnover

Darja Smite, Rini van Solingen, Panagiota Chatzipetrou

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Staffing software projects with engineers from inexpensive locations has become commonplace. However, distributed development remains practically challenging because of recurring problems, e.g., decreased productivity, low quality, and high, unforeseen costs. Although it is often overlooked, one of the main underlying reasons for these challenges is high employee turnover. This might be especially noticeable in developing countries with strong economic growth such as India. This article examines turnover of Indian software engineers and introduces strategies to address it.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8664169
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Software
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Attrition
  • Global software development
  • Global software engineering
  • Hidden costs
  • Offshoring
  • Turnover


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