This research project was supported by the EADS-SMI Endowed Chair at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. The authors also want to thank the reviewers, the associate editor, and the co-editor-in-chief for their constructive feedback and strong engagement during the multiple revisions of this paper.
LOW-COST COUNTRY SOURCING COMPETENCE: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK AND EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2011
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Journal of Supply Chain Management
Volume 47, Issue 4, pages 73–93, October 2011
How to Cite
KUSABA, K., MOSER, R. and RODRIGUES, A. M. (2011), LOW-COST COUNTRY SOURCING COMPETENCE: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK AND EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 47: 73–93. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-493X.2011.03242.x
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2011
- supply chain management;
- global sourcing;
- competitive advantage;
- sourcing performance
The world has observed an increase in international trade and a substantial strengthening of emerging markets over the last decades. This trend stresses the importance of global sourcing research in general, and low-cost country sourcing (LCCS) research in particular. The objective of this paper is to introduce and test the construct of LCCS competence of employees from purchasing and other participating functions. The conceptual framework is derived through expert interviews, workshops, and an extensive literature review. The LCCS competence construct is tested using data from more than 300 managers and employees from various functions involved in LCCS projects. The results support the construct's validity as well as its association with LCCS performance. The study implications and future research paths are discussed.