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The relationship development aspect of production transfer
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Bygglogistik)
2016 (English)In: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, ISSN 1478-4092, E-ISSN 1873-6505, Vol. 22, no 1, 53-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Production transfers are a result of outsourcing and offshoring decisions. Because of the strategic focus of the outsourcing literature, the operational issues of relationship development between sender and receiver and its impact on the transfer progress have not been fully depicted. The purpose of the present paper is to explore relationship development during production transfer. To fulfil this purpose, we studied three different production transfers and derived four propositions for further testing. Our main conclusions included that dependence and power gradually shift between the sender and the receiver and that the relationship between them sets the arena for what types of relationships can be developed between the receiver and the suppliers. Furthermore, short social distances can bridge cultural and technological distances to some extent, because it motivates the actors to bring their relationship into a more developed state. Finally, we noticed that the headquarters’ involvement can work both as an inhibitor as well as a converter.

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Pergamon Press, 2016. Vol. 22, no 1, 53-65 p.
Keyword [en]
Outsourcing; offshoring; production transfer; relationship development; distances
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121656DOI: 10.1016/j.pursup.2015.08.001ISI: 000374602900006OAI: diva2:858003
Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2016-06-09Bibliographically approved

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