Country Institutions behind Firms’ Offshoring Decisions and Location Choices

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2013

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TitleAcademy of International Business
PlaceTürkiye
CityIstanbul
Period2 - 7 July 2013

Abstract

How do country institutions influence firms’ offshore outsourcing decisions and location choices? While prior offshoring research has shown that product- and firm-level factors are crucial determinants, the role of country institutions has not been fully explored. Drawing on the institution-based view, we propose three arguments in this study. First, home country institutions influence firms’ offshore outsourcing decisions. In particular, market-supporting institutions and social trust in the home countries increase firms’ tendencies to conduct offshoring. Second, firms’ offshoring location choices are affected by the distance of market-supporting institutions and that of social trust between home country and an offshoring location—the greater the distance, the lower the likelihood that a given location will be chosen. Finally, compared with local firms, multinational enterprises (MNEs) are more likely to be influenced by the distance of market-supporting institutions and that of trust in their offshoring location choices. Amassing a sample of 1,519 firms’ offshoring decisions and location choices, we find support for these arguments.

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Country Institutions behind Firms’ Offshoring Decisions and Location Choices. / WENG, David H.
2013. Paper presented at Academy of International Business, Istanbul, Türkiye.

Research output: Conference PapersRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (without host publication)peer-review