Quotation Gleich, Wolfgang M., Schmeißer, Björn, Zschoche, Miriam. 2017. The influence of competition on international sourcing strategies in the service sector. International Business Review 26 (2), 279-287.




Rising importance of service industries and international trade in services led to increased competition in the service sector. The aim of this study is to analyze the international sourcing behavior of service firms as a strategic means to contend with competition. Our theoretical predictions suggest that there is a U-shaped relationship between a service firm’s domestic competitive position and its pursuit of international sourcing: the relationship is first negative and at later stages positive. The international sourcing behavior of domestic competitors and inward investments of foreign rivals are expected to positively affect a service firm’s international sourcing magnitude. A large-scale empirical analysis using a panel of 579 German service firms supports our hypotheses.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Business Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title The influence of competition on international sourcing strategies in the service sector
Volume 26
Number 2
Year 2017
Page from 279
Page to 287
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2016.07.005


Schmeißer, Björn (Details)
Gleich, Wolfgang M. (Allianz SE, Germany)
Zschoche, Miriam (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany)
Institute for International Business (Fisch) (Details)
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