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Competence, specificity and outsourcing: impact on the complexity of the contract

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  • QUELIN, Bertrand
  • BARTHELEMY, Jerome

    (Audencia Nantes Graduate School of Business)

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This paper focuses on the link between the three types of specificity and the complexity of outsourcing contracts because specificity is generally considered as the most important transaction cost attribute. It also integrates external uncertainty in the model. External uncertainty is a multidimensional concept that reflects the lack of knowledge about events that may take place in the environment

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  • QUELIN, Bertrand & BARTHELEMY, Jerome, 2002. "Competence, specificity and outsourcing: impact on the complexity of the contract," Les Cahiers de Recherche 759, HEC Paris.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0759
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    1. De Vita, Glauco & Tekaya, Arafet & Wang, Catherine L., 2010. "Asset specificity's impact on outsourcing relationship performance: A disaggregated analysis by buyer-supplier asset specificity dimensions," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 63(7), pages 657-666, July.

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    Keywords

    outsourcing; transaction cost economics; resource-based view; contracts; partial least squares;

    JEL classification:

    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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