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Taking Engineering Services Offshore - The Scandinavian Experience

Christian Koch (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Construction Management) ; David Bennett (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management)
Wu X, Shi Y, Du J and Guo B (Eds) “High Performance Manufacturing - Global Perspective”, Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK. p. 155-159. (2013)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

“Offshoring” has become increasing attractive for European engineering consulting firms, either through the use of external resources (outsourcing) or by relocating internal activities (the captive arrangement of foreign direct investment). Consulting companies may experience lack of skilled personnel and or an increasing pressure on costs. Moreover countries like China and India provide highly qualified engineers at a relative low level of remuneration compared with their Western counterparts. The aim of this paper is to investigate the experiences of Scandinavian based consulting engineers concerning offshoring, which often begins with a single project, but early positive results and the production flexibility of many developing countries can quickly lead to a more profound collaboration and even to a strategic transformation of the Scandinavian firm. For its theoretical foundations the paper builds on international business and strategic management approaches. The empirical research uses desk research investigations of companies in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. An exploratory study focuses on a single case supplemented with a preliminary evaluation of the 30 largest consulting engineering companies in Scandinavia.

Nyckelord: Offshoring: consulting engineers; Scandinavia; international business.



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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Construction Management
Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management (2006-2016)

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Chalmers infrastruktur