Offshoring process: A comparative investigation of danish and Japanese manufacturing companies

Dmitrij Slepniov, Brian Vejrum Wæhrens, Hiroshi Katayama

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    The purpose of this chapter is to contribute to the knowledge on how production offshoring and international operations management vary across cultural contexts. The chapter attempts to shed light on how companies approach the process of offshoring in different cultural contexts. In order to achieve this objective, the authors employ a qualitative methodology and compare three Danish and three Japanese manufacturing companies. On the basis of this comparative investigation, the authors find that the parent companies from both contexts employ offshoring as a remedy for the challenges of globalisation. Yet there are clear differences in how offshoring is conducted in Denmark and Japan. The main differences are outlined in a framework and explained employing cultural variables. The findings lead to a number of propositions suggesting that the process of offshoring is not simply a uniform technical-rational calculation of the most efficient organisation of activities across national borders, but it is rather specific to the parent companies' national contexts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationManaging Global Supply Chain Relationships: Operations, Strategies and Practices
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Print)9781616928629
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business,Management and Accounting


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