R&D (Re)location and offshore outsourcing: A management perspective

Nina Rilla, Mariagrazia Squicciarini (Corresponding Author)

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    The paper reviews and systematizes the management literature directly and indirectly related to (re)location of research and development (R&D), in the form of both insourcing and outsourcing. The focus in particular is on R&D offshore outsourcing and its main drivers, including locational constraints and opportunities, motives, strategic decisions and managerial challenges. The analysis synthesizes and links the main propositions and findings of the theoretical and empirical work to build an original management and strategy centred framework which looks at R&D (re)location from a client–vendor perspective. In this case, the client is the offshoring company, and the vendors are the firms located in the host country. The characteristics of the firms and locations considered vis‐à‐vis the offshoring firm's goals are examined, the strategies implemented, the management and organizational challenges that R&D offshore outsourcing entails, and the ways in which offshoring impacts on both home and host locations are investigated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)393-413
    Number of pages21
    JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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