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Towards right-shoring: a framework for off-and re-shoring decision making


  • Claire Joubioux

    () (Maastricht University)

  • Evelyne Vanpoucke

    () (Université Libre de Bruxelles)


Abstract Location decisions are crucial for manufacturing plants. While current research mainly stresses the cost considerations of location decisions, this research focusses on a more comprehensive decision-making process. Based on analyzing the motivations for off-and re-shoring, we present a decision-making framework which will help companies to ‘right-shore’. Through a multiple case study approach in the aeronautics industry, an industry known for its technical complexity and innovative nature, we will validate and broaden our initial decision-making framework based on literature. While analyzing this framework, it became apparent that the main motivation for offshoring in the aeronautic industry is far from being restricted to cost-cutting considerations. More specific, companies in this industry are willing to develop sustainable commercial partnerships in emerging countries to benefit from new capacities and resources. In the same vein, re-shoring decisions are grounded on long-term perspectives and are carefully balanced. While providing a comprehensive framework for offshoring and re-shoring decisions, our framework enables companies to make better informed decisions for choosing the right location for their plants.

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  • Claire Joubioux & Evelyne Vanpoucke, 2016. "Towards right-shoring: a framework for off-and re-shoring decision making," Operations Management Research, Springer, vol. 9(3), pages 117-132, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:opmare:v:9:y:2016:i:3:d:10.1007_s12063-016-0115-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s12063-016-0115-y

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