Understanding Outsourcing Contexts Through Information Asymmetry and Capability Fit

Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations, Vol. 24, Nos. 4-5, April-May 2013, 277-283, 2013

17 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2013

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Ian P. McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business

Bruno Silvestre

University of Winnipeg

Jan Kietzmann

Segal Graduate School of Business

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

Outsourcing is a strategic activity that has long been central to operations management research and practice. Yet, there are still many outsourcing management challenges that remain. In this article, we explore two of the outsourcing challenges that motivated this special issue and are central to the 10 articles included. To do this, we develop a theoretical model that examines how variations in capability fit and information asymmetry combine to present firms with four different outsourcing contexts. We then explain how each of the articles included in this special issue relate to our theoretical model and explore several avenues for future research.

Keywords: outsourcing; information asymmetry; capabilities; typology; operations management; operations strategy

JEL Classification: L10, L20, M10, M20, N10

Suggested Citation

McCarthy, Ian P. and Silvestre, Bruno and Kietzmann, Jan, Understanding Outsourcing Contexts Through Information Asymmetry and Capability Fit (May 1, 2013). Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations, Vol. 24, Nos. 4-5, April-May 2013, 277-283, 2013 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2367446

Ian P. McCarthy (Contact Author)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business ( email )

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Bruno Silvestre

University of Winnipeg ( email )

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
United States

Jan Kietzmann

Segal Graduate School of Business ( email )

500 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1W6
Canada
7787825187 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://beedie.sfu.ca/profiles/JanKietzmann

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