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Title: A technological contingency perspective on the dept and scope of international outsourcing
Authors: Mol, M.J.
PAUWELS, Piet 
MATTHYSSENS, Paul 
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Elgar
Source: Kotabe, M. & Mol, M.J. (Ed.) Global supply chain management, p. 517-535.
Series/Report: The globalization of the world economy
Series/Report no.: 18
Abstract: In this study we present and test a technological contingency perspective on two dimensions of international outsourcing: depth and scope. The depth of international outsourcing refers to the ratio of foreign to total outsourcing. The scope of international outsourcing refers to the ratio of foreign to total outsourcing. The scope of international outsourcing captures the degree of psychic dispersion between the country of operations and the countries a firm is outsourcing to. Using multiple regression analysis on a sample of 189 Dutch firms, the effect of five technological contingency factors is measured: product innovation, technological and volume uncertainty, asset specificity, and the integration of the outsourcing function. A most interesting finding is that technological uncertainty and the degree of product innovation turn out to be both positively correlated with a high scope/low depth type of international outsourcing, and negatively correlated with a low scope/high depth type of international outsourcing. The findings create a platform for a two dimensional typology, which provides a preliminary explanatory logic for the expansion and development path of international outsourcing.
Keywords: international outsourcing; technological contingency; international expansion
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/3960
ISBN: 9781845421311
Category: B2
Type: Book Section
Validations: vabb 2010
Appears in Collections:Research publications

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