Mitigate, tolerate or relocate? Offshoring challenges, strategic imperatives and resource constraints

Manning, Stephan (2014) Mitigate, tolerate or relocate? Offshoring challenges, strategic imperatives and resource constraints. Journal of World Business, 49 (4). pp. 522-535. ISSN 1090-9516

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Abstract

This paper examines key firm-level factors influencing initial strategic responses to offshoring implementation challenges. Comparative case findings indicate that firms are likely to try to mitigate challenges if they perceive to have control over their cause; if strategic objectives are diverse; and if firms have abundant resources available. By comparison, firms tolerate challenges if cost is a strategic imperative, or if resource endowments are limited. Firms relocate operations temporarily or permanently in particular if challenges are externally caused, whereby temporary relocation requires investments into flexible global infrastructures. Findings reveal critical contingencies of capability development and learning in offshoring and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Global sourcing, outsourcing, implementation, risks, learning, experience, capabilities
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Stephan Manning
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 17:47
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 07:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86255

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