Governance decisions for the offshore outsourcing of new product development in technology intensive markets

Griffith, David A.; Harmancioglu, Nukhet; Droge, Cornelia
July 2009
Journal of World Business;Jul2009, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p217
Academic Journal
Abstract: This study addresses how buyers organize their offshore outsourcing new product development relationships. Building on transaction cost economics and resource dependence theories, we propose a model of the influence of key new product development offshore outsourcing factors on two important buyers� governance decisions (i.e., supply concentration and degree of supplier involvement). The antecedents, drawn from the marketing, management, and international business literatures, include: three sources of asset specificity (degree of modularity, strategic value of the project, and technology specificity) and two sources of uncertainty (cultural distance and technological discontinuity). The results, derived from an analysis of 200 offshore outsourcing new product development relationships, provide new insights for academics and practitioners.


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