Outsourcing and Information Management: A Comparative Analysis of France, Italy and Japan in both Small and Large firms
University of Siena - Labsi Experimental Economics Laboratory; University of Siena - Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences
University of Bergamo - Department of Economics
This paper compares outsourcing processes in France, Italy and Japan in two types of firms, large firms and also small firms. It is shown that outsourcing has increased over the last two decades in both small and large firms in all three countries and that mainly in the last decade the tendency has been to increasingly involve some of the suppliers in product development. We interpret this evidence by means of a cognitive framework related to the activity of information management. Specifically, we show that the more the relationships among suppliers and users are characterised by two-way communication, decentralised information processing, and accordingly balanced contractual power, the more the incentives to create knowledge and to innovate autonomously are guaranteed.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Firm size, Information, Network, Outsourcing
JEL Classification: D23, L11, L22working papers series
Date posted: December 27, 2006
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