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Why do Firms Engage in Multi-sourcing?

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  • Justin Yifu Lin
  • Arijit Mukherjee
  • Yingyi Tsai

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We provide an explanation for multi-sourcing, which is often found in the real world and refers to the situation where a final goods producer acquires homogenous components from different suppliers. In the presence of imitation under outsourcing, multi-sourcing helps to deter entry by the suppliers into the final goods market and enhances profitability of the outsourcing firm.

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Paper provided by University of Nottingham, GEP in its series Discussion Papers with number 08/43.

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Keywords: Entry; Imitation; Multi-sourcing;

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