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How to manage the effect of outsourcing from original equipment manufacturers to contract manufacturers on innovation capacity

Stokman, B.A. (2020) How to manage the effect of outsourcing from original equipment manufacturers to contract manufacturers on innovation capacity.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study is based on the trend that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are increasingly outsourcing their (production) processes. Outsourcing involves several advantages and disadvantages which must be considered and generates new challenges for contract manufacturers (CMs) since they were originally established only to fulfil production activities for OEMs. The method used in this study is thematic analysis. The data collection for this method was achieved via semi-structured interviews. To operationalize the negative effect of outsourcing on innovation capacity, the researcher used obstacles to innovation from the literature combined with the innovation audit framework of Frishammar et al. (2019). The findings of the study are based on the outcomes of the thematic analysis. This analysis resulted in thematic maps which facilitated forming conclusions about the potential obstacles caused by outsourcing. The thematic maps supported studies that stated that outsourcing can have a negative impact on innovation capacity. Furthermore, the thematic maps gave insights on which factors caused this negative effect on innovation capacity and how to deal with this.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Benchmark, Almelo, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82745
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