7. Getting the Most from Offshoring: Home Base Capability Upgrading and Erosion

—Dmitrij Slepniov (ds@business.aau.dk), Centre for Industrial Production, Aalborg University

—Brian Vejrum Wæhrens (bvw@business.aau.dk), Centre for Industrial Production, Aalborg University


Tapping into global resources is supposed to improve performance and contribute to a firm’s competitive advantage. However, a high offshoring quota may also lead to erosion of the firm’s home base capabilities and have wider negative implications for both the home base site position and the firm as a whole. The purpose of this chapter is to conceptualize this scenario and propose how it can be addressed. On the basis of a series of workshops with Danish companies, we ...

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