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Outsourcing and Offshoring

Mario Franco

University of Beira Interior

With his research on strategic alliances, business networks, innovation and business creation, Prof. Franco is involved in several SME research projects and actively teaches Entrepreneurship and SME Administration at the Beira Interior University.

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Outsourcing Partnerships Subcontracting Inter-Firms Cooperation Inter-Organizational Alliances Offshoring Strategy Corporate Offshoring Risks Resilience Knowledge and Skills Experience Leadership

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Over the last years, outsourcing and offshoring of business services have become an increasingly important organizational choice. In addition, inter-organizational partnerships have gained significant attention. In this sense, many research studies promote outsourcing and offshoring as specific forms of inter-firm relationship. Outsourcing is defined as the act of obtaining semi-finished products, finished products or services from an outside firm that were traditionally performed internally. On the other hand, offshoring is no longer promoted solely by cost-cutting considerations but by involving multiple factors, such as a search for and availability of talent and technologies; speed to market enhancement; refocusing on core business activities; increasing strategic flexibility and location-specific factors. In the literature, we find more and more statements and articles that take for granted the positive aspect of outsourcing, but there is still little understanding of the offshoring decision-making process. Thus, in general, this book will be devoted to the study of drivers, benefits, risks, and performance of outsourcing and offshoring, i.e., the classical arguments in favor of these types of decision-making processes. New perspectives about outsourcing and offshoring will be also presented.

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Date completed: August 24th 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: November 20th 2020

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Review results due: February 8th 2021

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Expected publication date: April 9th 2021

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About the editor

Mario Franco

University of Beira Interior

Mário Franco is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and SME Administration at the Department of Management and Economics, Beira Interior University, Portugal. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Beira Interior University in 2002. In 1997, he was a doctoral candidate and participated in the European Doctoral Programme in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in Spain and Sweden. His research focuses on strategic alliances, business networks, innovation, and business creation. He is also a member of a Research Center (CEFAGE-UBI) and currently involved in several research projects on SMEs.

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