The role of design method and process technology in stable outsourcing equilibria

Jin Hyuk Kim*, Takehiko Komatsu, Hideo Owan

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We analyze a model of vertical (dis)integration between manufacturing and design in a monopolistically competitive market. Specialized input manufacturers can serve multiple design firms and the manufacturer-designer pairs negotiate a non-binding contract to share input customization cost and production surplus. Hand-collected data on 387 product lines from 118 semiconductor firms are used to predict the firm's decision to outsource manufacturing. We find that, for instance, the use of design tools that facilitate collaboration and process technologies that facilitate learning are both positively associated with outsourcing, consistent with the model's prediction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102565
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Organization
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar


  • Outsourcing
  • Semiconductor industry
  • Vertical integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Strategy and Management


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