Quotation Madidati, Dhanavanth Reddy, Kummer, Sebastian, Munim, Ziaul Haque, Schramm, Hans-Joachim. 2022. Comparing outsourcing-outlook of manufacturing firms and logistics service providers in India and DACH countries. Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing.




Purpose: Literature on outsourcing or supply chain services (SCS) in the context of manufacturers is dominated by “outsourcing manufacturing processes” to third parties. This study conducts a robust literature review that renders due focus on services, other than outsourced-manufacturing. Design/methodology/approach: Adopting service-dominant (S-D) logic, supply chain services are categorized into— material-related (MS), finance-related (FS) and information or intellectual services (IS). Through a robust systematic literature search, 939 MS, 320 FS and 381 IS articles were selected for further analysis. Using Bibliometrix package in the R-software, bibliometric analysis of articles published during 2009 to 2019 is conducted to map the conceptual structures indicating trending research clusters in each of the service categories. Finally a content analysis is conducted on the articles in each cluster to collate the future research directions. Findings: The trending themes in MS category are: (1) distribution channel outsourcing, (2) pricing decisions in remanufacturing/ reverse supply chains, and (3) optimal operational/ planning decisions in closed-loop supply chains. In the FS category, (1) financial equilibrium and optimal coordination strategies in Supply Chain Financing, (2) role of financial markets and institutions in international trade, and (3) manufacturing firms’ growth and credit provision, are trending. Finally, in the IS category (1) conceptual development of cloud manufacturing (CM), (2) implementation and applications of CM and (3) industry 4.0, are trending. Research limitations/ implications: This study relies purely on SCOPUS database and extracts only three trending clusters per category, while there can be more. It purposefully excludes literature on outsourced manufacturing services. Nevertheless, it offers several insights on trending and future research directions in each of the service categories – MS, FS and IS.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing
Language English
Title Comparing outsourcing-outlook of manufacturing firms and logistics service providers in India and DACH countries
Year 2022
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1108/JGOSS-01-2021-0009
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/JGOSS-01-2021-0009
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1108/JGOSS-01-2021-0009


Kummer, Sebastian (Details)
Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
Madidati, Dhanavanth Reddy (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria)
Munim, Ziaul Haque (University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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