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Modes of international sourcing and the competitiveness of firms: an analysis of European survey data

Marcus Neureiter and Peter Nunnenkamp

No 1558, Kiel Working Papers from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel)

Abstract: We draw on a recent survey of European companies to differentiate between alternative modes of international outsourcing as possible determinants of market, cost and knowledge-related aspects of the competitiveness of firms. We find that internalized modes are often superior to outside options, and using existing subsidiaries tends to be more (cost) effective than undertaking new greenfield FDI.

Keywords: International sourcing; FDI; competitiveness of firms; market access; cost reduction; core and support functions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 L24 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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