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Flexicurity and relocation of manufacturing


  • Jan Stentoft

    () (University of Southern Denmark)

  • Ole Stegman Mikkelsen

    (University of Southern Denmark)

  • Jesper Kronborg Jensen

    (University of Southern Denmark)


Abstract The purpose of this paper is to analyze the concept of flexicurity in the context of reshoring manufacturing to high cost countries. Flexicurity is a combination of flexibility, measured by a high level of worker mobility between jobs; social security, representing a generous system of social welfare and unemployment benefits; and active labor market programs. The paper includes flexicurity data from a Danish questionnaire-survey on offshoring and reshoring manufacturing and empirical insights from two illustrative case studies. The cases demonstrate that the flexicurity model had played an important role in the relocation of manufacturing to Denmark, albeit data from the questionnaire-survey indicates some focus on flexicurity as a factor for moving manufacturing back to home countries.

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  • Jan Stentoft & Ole Stegman Mikkelsen & Jesper Kronborg Jensen, 2016. "Flexicurity and relocation of manufacturing," Operations Management Research, Springer, vol. 9(3), pages 133-144, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:opmare:v:9:y:2016:i:3:d:10.1007_s12063-016-0110-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s12063-016-0110-3

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