Manufacturing Back-Shoring: A Research Agenda for an Emerging Issue in International Business

37th European International Business Academy Annual Conference 2011, ASE, Bucharest, 8-10 December

12 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2013

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Luciano Fratocchi

University of L’Aquila

Guido Nassimbeni

Università degli Studi di Udine

Andrea Zanoni

University of Bologna - School of Economics, Management, and Statistics

Alessandro Ancarani

University of Catania

Marta Valente

University of L'Aquila

Marco Sartor

Università degli Studi di Udine

Paolo Barbieri

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Carmela Di Mauro

University of Catania

Matteo Vignoli

Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE)

Date Written: July 31, 2011

Abstract

The paper is focused on a phenomenon – the so called “back-shoring” (often indicated also as “onshoring”, “in-shoring”, “re-shoring”, “reverse-shoring”, “international re-concentration”, “reverse-globalization”, even if they are not always considered synonymous) – which is becoming more and more diffused in the last years. Notwithstanding this increasing diffusion, it is still rarely investigated by academics and often discussed only in economic newspapers and white papers by management consulting firms.

Manufacturing “back-shoring” is the process by which previously off-shored production are moved back to the domestic location (Kinkel and Maloca, 2009; Leibl, Morefield and Pfeiffer, 2011) an earlier off-shored or off-shore outsourced manufacturing activity is relocated in the firm’s home country. Based on a comprehensive literature review and evidences regarding 87 western companies, the objectives of this paper are: a) to analyze the relevance of such a managerial phenomenon; b) to identify and classify its motivations; c) to highlight some research questions.

Keywords: reshoring back-shoring on-shoring in-shoring internationalization manufacturing

JEL Classification: F21, F23

Suggested Citation

Fratocchi, Luciano and Nassimbeni, Guido and Zanoni, Andrea and Ancarani, Alessandro and Valente, Marta and Sartor, Marco and Barbieri, Paolo and Di Mauro, Carmela and Vignoli, Matteo, Manufacturing Back-Shoring: A Research Agenda for an Emerging Issue in International Business (July 31, 2011). 37th European International Business Academy Annual Conference 2011, ASE, Bucharest, 8-10 December, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333127

Luciano Fratocchi (Contact Author)

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Guido Nassimbeni

Università degli Studi di Udine ( email )

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Andrea Zanoni

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Alessandro Ancarani

University of Catania ( email )

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Marta Valente

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Marco Sartor

Università degli Studi di Udine ( email )

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Paolo Barbieri

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Carmela Di Mauro

University of Catania ( email )

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Matteo Vignoli

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