ISBN 9781107647657,Global Outsourcing and Offshoring: An Integrated Approach to Theory and Corporate Strategy

Global Outsourcing and Offshoring: An Integrated Approach to Theory and Corporate Strategy



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9781107647657

ISBN-10 1107647657

Paper Back

Number of Pages 496 Pages
Language (English)

Strategic Planning

Companies are increasingly asking which of their value chain activities are best performed within their own company and which may be outsourced. In addition, they are also considering which pieces of their value chain may be better performed abroad. These interrelated decisions concerning outsourcing and off shoring have not only changed entire industries, they have also transformed the lives of people across the world. Hundreds of millions of jobs in emerging nations have been the direct result of outsourcing and off shoring decisions. At the same time, many people in the developed world have lost their jobs because a company has been able to find a cheaper alternative. Featuring contributions from scholars in eleven different countries, this book is the first to examine the theory and practice of outsourcing and off shoring simultaneously. It includes studies of a variety of different industries, including pharmaceuticals, automobiles, medical records, appliances, human resource management and telecommunications.

Table of Content
List of figures
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List of contributors
Part I. Conceptual Frameworks and Theories
1. Global outsourcing and off shoring in search of the optimal configuration for a company Farok J. Contractor, Vikas Kumar, Torben Pedersen and Sumit Kundu
2. Globalization of R&D off shoring innovative activity to emerging economies Ashok Bardhan and Dwight Jaffee
3. A theory of the outsourcing firm Dave Luvison and Mike Bendix en
Part II. The Off shoring and Outsourcing of R&D and Innovative Activities
4. Blurring firm R&D boundaries integrating transaction costs and knowledge-based perspectives Andrea Martinez Noya and Esteban Garcia-Canal
5. Outsourcing, fragmentation and integration: the pharmaceutical industry Janis K. Kapler and Kimberly A. Puhala
6. Towards a better understanding of multinational enterprises' R&D location choices Ana Colovic
7. Does R&D off shoring displace or strengthen knowledge production at home? Evidence from OECD countries Lucia Piscitello and Grazia D. Santangelo
8. Innovation across firm boundaries a knowledge based view Salma Alguezaui and Raffaele Filieri
9. Suitable organization forms for knowledge management at various R&D functions in decentralized and cooperative R&D networks Hsing Hung Chen
Part III. Management Issues in Off shoring and Virtual Teamwork
10. Changing work practices: acceptance of virtual work among knowledge professionals engaged in offshoring activities Elisa Mattarelli and Maria Rita Tagliaventi
11. Managing globally disaggregated teams the role of organizational politics Shahzad M. Ansari, Jatinder S. Sidhu, Henk W. Volberda and Ilan Oshri
Part IV. Empirical Analyses and Case Studies of Outsourcing and Offshoring
12. Offshoring of high-value functions a case study of US-India trade in medical transcription services Nir Kshetri and Nikhilesh Dholakia
13. Offshoring of IT and business, professional and technical services the recent experience of the United States Thomas J. Norman and Mahmood A. Zaidi
14. Outsourcing human resource activities Thomas J. Norman
15. Managing core outsourcing to address fast market growth: a study of an Indian mobile telecom service provider Raghunath Subramanyam
16. Imitative off shoring strategies lessons learnt from Italian small domestic appliance industry Gabriella Lojacono and Olga Annushkina