Quotation Schmeißer, Björn. 2013. A Systematic Review of Literature on Offshoring of Value Chain Activities. Journal of International Management 19 (4): S. 390-406.




Locational aspects of a firm's value chain configuration are recently gaining increasing attention by academics, practitioners, and policymakers. In this vein, the international business (IB) literature has produced a substantial body of knowledge on the offshoring phenomenon, offering a sizeable and constantly growing amount of evidence related to the offshoring organization and its organizational and managerial specifics. In this study, I map and assess the existing literature on offshoring of value chain activities. In the course of a systematic literature review, I analyze a total of 63 studies from leading IB research publishing journals and synthesize them into an integrating framework that links offshoring with its antecedents and consequences. In doing so, this systematic literature review offers a two-fold contribution: On the one hand, it helps to identify gaps that IB scholars need to address in order to further develop the existing body of knowledge on offshoring. On the other hand, it provides practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge repertoire that increases the quality of their offshoring-related decision-making.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of International Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title A Systematic Review of Literature on Offshoring of Value Chain Activities
Volume 19
Number 4
Year 2013
Page from 390
Page to 406
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1075425313000434
DOI 10.1016/j.intman.2013.03.011


Schmeißer, Björn (Details)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Institute for International Business (Fisch) (Details)
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