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Globalisation of production and innovation: how outsourcing is reshaping an advanced manufacturing area

Die Globalisierung von Produktion und Innovation: wie sich eine fortgeschrittene Produktionsregion durch Outsourcing verändert
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Cusmano, Lucia; Mancusi, Maria Luisa; Morrison, Andrea

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Abstract This paper investigates the determinants and the spatial and functional dimensions of firms’ outsourcing. Based on a large survey of manufacturing firms in Lombardy, the analysis shows that outsourcing is remarkably wide across sectors and has a clear regional dimension, concerning highly skilled firms at most. Offshoring is still a minor fraction of the deverticalisation process, largely related to wider strategies of internationalisation by foreign group subsidiaries at intermediate stages of the value chain. The evidence suggests the regional system is inserting onto global knowledge networks, but also points at the risk of "branch plant effects" in high tech segments.
Keywords outsourcing
Classification Management Science; Manufacturing; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Offshoring; Regional production system; Manufacturing industry; Italy
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 235-252
Journal Regional Studies, 44 (2010) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)