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Factors and motives in outsourcing decisions

Anna Fredriksson (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport) ; Lars Medbo (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport)
Proceedings of EurOMA conference, Ankara, Turkey (2007)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

Outsourcing is a complex and important decision: organizations with different levels of success in outsourcing include different factors into outsourcing decisions. Current literature points to several factors to consider in outsourcing decisions, though there are few studies that evaluate what factors companies view as important. The purpose of this paper is to analyze what factors Swedish companies consider important when making outsourcing decisions for manufacturing and to identify motives for outsourcing. A questionnaire and interviews were used to collect data. The companies were asked which factors were most uncertain and concerning when making outsourcing decisions and due to should be important to include in outsourcing decisions. Quality, cooperation and communication, trustworthiness and stability of the supplier, and control over products and own processes were according to the companies factors that created most uncertainty and concern. The four main motives of outsourcing are all connected to costs and reaching financial goals.

Nyckelord: Outsourcing, decision factors, outsourcing motives

Denna post skapades 2008-02-11.
CPL Pubid: 68117


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport (2005-2016)


Industriell teknik och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur