The integrator's new advantage - The reassessment of outsourcing and production competence in a global telecom firm
2008 (English)In: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, Vol. 26, no 5, 314-324 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
For a long time, the telecom equipment industry has been at the forefront of outsourcing and relocating production operations to contract manufacturing firms located in Asia and Eastern Europe. Recently, however, leading firms have begun to revise this strategy, based on their recognition of the continual importance of technological leadership and integration capabilities. Using a case study of a key company, this paper explores the dynamics of outsourcing and production strategies in the telecom equipment industry. One of the central aspects under study is the interaction of product development with industrialisation and production. The paper analyses issues such as component standardisation versus differentiation and technological integration, the value of deep integration capabilities for cost reductions, and why production competence and the rapid industrialisation of products incorporating new technologies have acquired renewed importance, despite the global trend towards lowest-cost locations. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 26, no 5, 314-324 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43032DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2008.05.001Local ID: 71040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-43032DiVA: diva2:263889