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Supplier selection or collaboration? Determining factors of performance improvement when outsourcing manufacturing
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. (KITE Research Group)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden. (KITE Research Group)
University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, ISSN 1478-4092, E-ISSN 1873-6505, Vol. 15, no 3, 143-153 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An empirical study was designed to determine factors of performance improvement when outsourcing manufacturing. Findings from a survey of 136 manufacturing plants in Sweden show that most of them achieve their outsourcing motives, but not without trade-offs. Factors of performance improvements such as economies of scale or operations in low-cost countries can improve one performance dimension, such as product cost, yet negatively impact volume flexibility, speed or product innovation. The results show part characteristics and supplier operating capabilities are more important than supplier relationship strategies when outsourcing manufacturing, meaning that supplier selection trumps supplier collaboration in the make-or-buy decision.

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Elsevier, 2009. Vol. 15, no 3, 143-153 p.
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Outsourcing strategy; Performance improvement; Performance trade-offs; Supply chain management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21234DOI: 10.1016/j.pursup.2009.05.005ISI: 000283606600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21234DiVA: diva2:240984
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15th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Groningen, Netherlands, September 2009
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Original Publication: Mandar Dabhilkar, L. Bengtsson, von Haartman R. and P. Ahlstrom, Supplier selection or collaboration? Determining factors of performance improvement when outsourcing manufacturing, 2009, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, (15), 3, 143-153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pursup.2009.05.005 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V. Amsterdam http://www.elsevier.com/

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