Levels of Outsourcing and Offshoring: from Law and Logic to Systems Integration

Erik Skov Madsen, Dmitrij Slepniov

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the evolution of offshoring and outsourcing over time and highlight strategic considerations underpinning this process in companies. On the basis of four case studies of Danish and German industrial companies, this paper develops a holistic framework conceptualizing various levels of outsourcing and offshoring as well as factors driving the transition between these levels. The framework adds to better understanding of the process and challenges the linear nature of it and suggests that ‘backsourcing’ and repatriation of activities should receive more attention in the future research on the subject.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date11. Sept 2011
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 11. Sept 2011
Event12th International CINet Conference - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 11. Sept 201113. Sept 2011


Conference12th International CINet Conference


  • Outsourcing
  • Offshoring
  • System Integration
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Case studies


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