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2006

Innovation

Marquette University

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Implications Of Technological Uncertainty On Firm Outsourcing Decisions, David R. King Jan 2006

Implications Of Technological Uncertainty On Firm Outsourcing Decisions, David R. King

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Outsourcing inherently considers what activity needs to reside within a given firm. The difficulty of exchanges between firms in the face of uncertainty affects where work on developing and producing new products is performed. Theory is developed and explored using a case study that explains firm sourcing decisions as a response to uncertainty within the context of industry structure and related transaction costs. Viewing outsourcing broadly results in a better delineation of outsourcing options. Implications for management research and practice are identified.