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Does being R&D intensive still discourage outsourcing? : evidence from Dutch manufacturing

By Michael J. Mol


Being R&D intensive has traditionally been seen as an impediment to outsourcing. This study confirms that empirically this was the case for a set of manufacturing industries in the Netherlands in the early 1990s but also shows that R&D intensity became a positive predictor for changes in outsourcing levels over the 1990s, suggesting firms in R&D intensive industries have increasingly started to rely on partnership relations with outside suppliers. This confirms the need to move the analysis from scale, opportunism and appropriation concerns to a relational perspective when studying outsourcing in R&D intensive industries

Topics: HD
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:4411

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