Search Motives, Local Embeddedness, and Knowledge Outcomes in Offshoring

41 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2017

See all articles by Debmalya Mukherjee

Debmalya Mukherjee

University of Akron - College of Business Administration

Somnath Lahiri

Illinois State University

Steven Ash

University of Akron - College of Business Administration

Ajai Gaur

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

Date Written: December 12, 2017

Abstract

In this paper we explicate the role of external knowledge search motives and host country context (local embeddedness) in driving different knowledge outcomes in offshoring. Drawing on the offshoring/offshore outsourcing literature, we develop a classification scheme based on different knowledge search motives (exploitation vs. exploration) and local embeddedness (low vs. deep). Utilizing this classification scheme, we discuss four important knowledge outcomes in offshoring: knowledge replication, refinement, renewal and recombination. Additionally, we highlight how client-supplier relational governance, and offshoring knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) may accentuate the effectiveness of various knowledge outcomes and value creation potential.

Keywords: Offshoring, Outsourcing, Local Embeddedness, Knowledge Search, Suppliers,Governance

Suggested Citation

Mukherjee, Debmalya and Lahiri, Somnath and Ash, Steven and Gaur, Ajai S., Search Motives, Local Embeddedness, and Knowledge Outcomes in Offshoring (December 12, 2017). Journal of Business Research, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086573

Debmalya Mukherjee

University of Akron - College of Business Administration ( email )

Somnath Lahiri

Illinois State University ( email )

Normal, IL 61761
United States

Steven Ash

University of Akron - College of Business Administration ( email )

Akron, OH 44325-4803
United States

Ajai S. Gaur (Contact Author)

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick ( email )

Newark, NJ
United States

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