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Determinants of intra-firm sourcing and market performance

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  • Kotabe, Masaaki
  • Murray, Janet Y.
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    Earlier studies have shown that internal sourcing of major components has a direct bearing on the multinational firm's market performance. However, factors that affect the extent to which the firm employs intra-firm (internal) sourcing have not been explored. In this study, we examine the determinants of internal sourcing of major components, and revisit the relationship between internal sourcing of major components and market performance. Our results show that process innovation, asset specificity, management's attitude, nationality, and availability of substitute components strongly affect the degree of internal sourcing of major components that subsequently has a bearing on a product's market performance.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Business Review.

    Volume (Year): 5 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 121-135

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    Keywords: Sourcing International Procurement Global Competition Competitiveness Market Performance;

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    1. Masaaki Kotabe & Glenn S Omura, 1989. "Sourcing Strategies of European and Japanese Multinationals: A Comparison," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 20(1), pages 113-130, March.
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