From Offshoring to Backshoring: The path of two Danish companies and implications in the next era of Chinese manufacturing

Dmitrij Slepniov, Erik Skov Madsen

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the evolution of offshoring over time. The paper employs qualitative methodology and on the basis of two case studies of Danish companies, it develops a framework conceptualizing the stages of offshoring and highlights the factors driving the transition between these stages. The framework challenges the linear nature of offshoring and proposes the existence of ‘the pendulum effect’. The pendulum effect suggests that the modes of offshoring (i.e. captive and non-captive) and geographies of offshoring (i.e. home and abroad) are not static; rather, they change in the course of the life cycle of offshored tasks. The findings of the paper advance our understanding about how and why geography and mode of offshored tasks may change over time. The main emphasis is given to the concepts of backshoring and repatriation of activities that increasingly attract attention of academia and practitioners. The paper discusses the possible implications of offshoring in the next era of Chinese manufacturing and closes with limitations and possible future extensions of the study.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China : Beyond catching-up: The Next Era of Chinese Manufacturing Growth and Innovation
Antal sider9
UdgivelsesstedCambridge, UK
ForlagUniversity of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing
Publikationsdatosep. 2015
Sider42-50
ISBN (Trykt)9781902546537
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2015
BegivenhedThe Eleventh International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China: Beyond catching-up: The Next Era of Chinese Manufacturing Growth and Innovation - Hangzhou, Kina
Varighed: 4 sep. 20156 sep. 2015
Konferencens nummer: 11

Konference

KonferenceThe Eleventh International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China
Nummer11
LandKina
ByHangzhou
Periode04/09/201506/09/2015

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