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Title: Causal and exploratory associations between manufacturing outsourcing and innovation performance in the UK furniture industry
Author: Readman, Jeff
ISNI:       0000 0001 2447 1593
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2014
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While the cost advantages associated with outsourcing are accepted, the impact that outsourcing may have on innovation performance is ambiguous. One perspective suggests that firms outsourcing low value-adding activities will achieve higher innovation performance (that is, better designed or more technologically advanced products or more substantive process improvements) than firms that perform these activities in-house. Another view holds that firms that outsource high value-adding activities may have lower innovation performance than those firms that perform these activities in-house. While these two positions are not contradictory, neither are they complimentary. Moreover, superior innovation performance can be achieved through the effective use of innovation, or dynamic, capabilities.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: N000 Business and Management