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Rethinking outsourcing in manufacturing - a tale of two telecom firms
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4233-5138
Högskolan i Gävle.
2004 (English)In: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, Vol. 22, no No. 2, 211-223 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the early 1990s outsourcing has been a major industrial trend. In the literature the economic advantages of outsourcing are often taken for granted. This article aims to take a detailed look at actual outcomes in terms of costs and competences. The focus is on outsourcing of manufacturing in the telecom equipment industry. The article builds on a comparative study of two leading firms, Ericsson (global leader in digital networks) and Nokia (world leader in cellular phone).The comparison reveals strikingly different strategies for production and outsourcing, which lends support for a critical rethinking of general outsourcing trends.

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2004. Vol. 22, no No. 2, 211-223 p.
Keyword [en]
Outsourcing, telecom, product development, manufacturing, Nokia, Ericsson
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-31095DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2004.01.011Local ID: 16825OAI: diva2:251918
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2014-05-12

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