The Path from Outsourcing to Backsourcing: Debating its Logic and Consideration

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,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.
Translated title of the contributionVejen fra outsourcing til backsourcing: Debaterende dets logik og overvejelser
Original languageEnglish
Publication date5. Dec 2011
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 5. Dec 2011
EventDet Danske Ledelsesakademi - København, Denmark
Duration: 5. Dec 2011 → …


ConferenceDet Danske Ledelsesakademi
Period05/12/2011 → …


  • Outsourcing
  • Offshoring
  • Backsourcing
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Case studies


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