Living the Outsourcing Compulsion

  • Andrew R. Thomas
  • Timothy J. Wilkinson

Abstract

The conventional wisdom in government, business schools, and much of industry is that companies choose to close their costly domestic operations in favor of better prospects and profits in other countries. The ability to manufacture a product for 30 percent to 50 percent less than it would cost at home is widely considered to be the reason that American firms have flocked overseas in recent years. Thus far, the outsourcing (or, more properly, “offshoring”) conversation has pitted shrinking transaction costs, enhanced efficiencies, and fat profits against job loss, societal disruption, and a sense of economic angst as industries restructure themselves to conform to the new realities of the digitized, global age.

Keywords

Foreign Direct Investment Foreign Firm Department Store American Business Chain Store 
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Copyright information

© Andrew R. Thomas and Timothy J. Wilkinson 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew R. Thomas
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Wilkinson
    • 1
  1. 1.OHUS

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