Global sourcing - performance and integration : reflections on performance, implications from cross-functional and external integration

Philipp Horn

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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Abstract

Despite the fact that firms and individuals have been sourcing on a global basis since ancient times, global sourcing as a topic has received considerable attention from managers and scholars in recent years. Global business has been reported to be growing considerably during the last decades and the trend continues; hence a scientific examination of global sourcing performance and success factors is timely and appropriate. This dissertation explores some of the effects, the success factors, as well as the threats of global sourcing. Particular attention is paid to performance evaluation and integration as a prerequisite for successful global sourcing. It consists of four independent scientific papers connected by means of a coherent thematical bracket. The first two papers address the perception of global sourcing as a purchasing panacea, and compare it to real results from global sourcing. The last two chapters explore the role of the buying companies’ internal and external integration with suppliers, giving insight into performance results from integration. The research was performed with a triangulation of methods, notably findings from qualitative and quantitative research, based on primary and secondary data.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Schiele, Holger , Supervisor
  • Schiele, H., Supervisor
Award date5 Jun 2013
Place of PublicationEnschede
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-3-8325-3414-1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2013

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Global sourcing
Success factors
Threat
Qualitative research
Quantitative research
Managers
Triangulation
Secondary data
Sourcing
Suppliers
Global business
Purchasing
Performance evaluation

Keywords

  • IR-86159
  • METIS-296538

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Enschede : Universiteit Twente, 2013. 141 p.

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