The General Profile of the Outsourcing Firm: Evidence for a Local Production System of Emilia Romagna

40 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2006

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Massimiliano Mazzanti

University of Ferrara & CERIS CNR, Italy; CESAER INRA, UMR, France

Sandro Montresor

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Paolo Pini

Faculty of Economics; University of Ferrara - Department of Economics, Institutions and Territory

Date Written: February 28, 2006

Abstract

The paper aims at identifying the profile of the outsourcing firm as a four-fold unit of analysis: i.e. as an organizational, production, industrial and innovation unit. Theoretical correlations between outsourcing decisions and outsourcing variables are formulated and then tested with respect to a representative cross-sectional sample of firms of a local manufacturing system in Emilia Romagna (Reggio Emilia). The main result of the paper is that outsourcing decisions are affected by the particular organizational and industrial relations patterns of the context firms operate in, and that the latter affects the interpretative power of theoretical explanations of outsourcing.

Keywords: outsourcing, firm organization, local production systems

JEL Classification: L22, D23, O33

Suggested Citation

Mazzanti, Massimiliano and Montresor, Sandro and Pini, Paolo, The General Profile of the Outsourcing Firm: Evidence for a Local Production System of Emilia Romagna (February 28, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=888504 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.888504

Massimiliano Mazzanti

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Sandro Montresor (Contact Author)

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Paolo Pini

Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Ferrara, Ferrara 44100
Italy

University of Ferrara - Department of Economics, Institutions and Territory ( email )

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Ferrara, Ferrara 44100
Italy

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