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The impact of product attributes and emerging technologies on firms' international configuration

Rezk, R and Srai, JS and Williamson, PJ (2016) The impact of product attributes and emerging technologies on firms' international configuration. Journal of International Business Studies, 47. pp. 610-618. ISSN 0047-2506

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Abstract

© 2016 Academy of International Business. All rights reserved. International business literature has largely explained the international dispersion of firms' activities as a choice based on trade-offs between cost minimisation, knowledge seeking, managing transaction costs and maintaining control. By incorporating insights from operations management, we propose a framework that explicitly takes into account products' physical and knowledge attributes that constrain the viable international configuration options available to firms. Linking the characteristics of a product to the scope for horizontal and vertical decoupling in a value network allows us to re-frame recent discussions in the literature about fragmentation of activities vs tasks and to develop an overall picture of the way industry-specific peculiarities characterise (and also constrain) viable international configurations. We show how our framework can be used to interpret data on the scope for decoupling and dispersion collected from industry experts and elucidate the relationships between configuration options and measures of product characteristics. We then utilise this framework to predict how emerging technologies will reshape the international configuration options available to firms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:01
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 07:23
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