Whether and What to Offshore?

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Whether and What to Offshore?

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dc.contributor.author Ørberg Jensen, Peter D. en_US
dc.contributor.author Pedersen, Torben en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:27:15Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:27:15Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04-11T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9788791815034 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7419
dc.description.abstract In this article, we explore the idea that offshoring of services and technical work should be regarded as a dynamic process that evolves over time. Firms gradually move from offshoring of simple, standardized activities towards offshoring of advanced activities when they accumulate experience with offshoring, and this type of offshoring comes with an entirely different set of characteristics compared to traditional, cost-seeking offshoring. Based on a unique survey among the total population of firms in the eastern region of Denmark, we analyze some of the dynamics of this process through a model that incorporates two different aspects of the process of offshoring. First, we approach the question of whether to offshore and establish a baseline that investigates the determinants of firms’ participation—or lack thereof—in offshoring. Secondly, we approach the question of what to offshore and the subsequent process of offshoring, as we analyze the determinants of the offshoring of advanced, highend technical, and service activities. The findings are consistent with the notion of offshoring as a dynamic process as they show how some (cost-related) determinants play a role when firms first engage in offshoring, while rather different determinants matter for the subsequent process of offshoring of advanced activities. Although the model portrays a simplified expression of the offshoring process with two stages, the findings underpin our view that a process perspective on offshoring is a useful analytical framework. Keywords: Offshoring dynamics, and service offshoring en_US
dc.format.extent 46 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SMG Working paper;2007-004 en_US
dc.subject.other outsourcing en_US
dc.title Whether and What to Offshore? en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt07apr11 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Center for Strategi og Globalisering en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort SMG en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Center for Strategic Management and Globalization en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort SMG en_US
dc.idnumber 9788791815034 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2007 en_US


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