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Macro-environment’s effects on onshore outsourcing: the transition costs approach

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Through the literature, the effect of macro-environment on onshore outsourcing decisions appears rather unexplored, despite empirical evidence. The purpose of this paper is to address this gap through an extension of Transaction Cost Economics (TCE) (the main theory of domestic outsourcing). Design/methodology/approach This paper develops a framework based on a literature review. It applies this body of knowledge on a new question and provides detailed illustrations (with primary and secondary data). Findings This paper builds a theoretical framework, based on the concept of transition costs. This concept, created as a way to make the economizing approach more dynamic, highlights the influences of the macro-environment. This paper presents a clarification of transition costs. It formulates a theoretical proposition: the environment has an effect on outsourcing through the transition costs. Research limitations/implications This framework deserves to be tested through an empirical study. Practical implications This framework enables domestic providers to take the environment and transition costs into account for the design and timing of outsourced service. Social implications This framework enables to consider the importance of social conflicts and political measures on the domestic outsourcing decisions. Originality/value First, this paper addresses an unexplored question (the effect of macro-environment on onshore outsourcing decisions). Second, it refines an undertheorized TCE concept: the transition costs. Third, it proposes a new direction in the current debate of the evanishing explanatory power of the TCE on outsourcing (by extending this theory).
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hal-04012762 , version 1 (03-03-2023)

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Guillaume Chanson. Macro-environment’s effects on onshore outsourcing: the transition costs approach. Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, 2018, 11 (1), pp.27-38. ⟨10.1108/JGOSS-03-2017-0008⟩. ⟨hal-04012762⟩
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