Learning Paths to Offshore Outsourcing

From Cost Reduction to Knowledge Seeking

    Publikation: Working paperForskning

    Resumé

    A corporation’s offshore outsourcing may be seen as the result of a discrete, strategic decision taken in response to an increasing pressure from worldwide competition. However, empirical evidence of a representative cross-sector sample of international Danish firms indicates that offshore sourcing in low-cost countries is best described as a learning-by-doing process in which the offshore outsourcing of a corporation goes through a sequence of stages towards sourcing for innovation. Initially, a corporation’s outsourcing is driven by a desire for cost minimization. Over a period of time the outsourcing experience lessens the cognitive limitations of decision-makers as to the advantages that can be achieved through outsourcing in low-cost countries: the insourcer/vendor may not only offer cost advantages, but also quality improvement and innovation. The quality improvements that offshore outsourcing may bring about evoke a realization in the corporation that even innovative processes can be outsourced.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Udgivelses stedFrederiksberg
    UdgiverDRUID - Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics. CBS
    Antal sider22
    ISBN (Trykt)8778731836
    StatusUdgivet - 2005

    Emneord

    • Omkostninger
    • Globalisering
    • Innovation
    • Internationaliseringsstrategi
    • Internationalisering
    • Outsourcing

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    Learning Paths to Offshore Outsourcing : From Cost Reduction to Knowledge Seeking. / Maskell, Peter; Pedersen, Torben; Petersen, Bent; Dick-Nielsen, Jens.

    Frederiksberg : DRUID - Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics. CBS, 2005.

    Publikation: Working paperForskning

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