Outsourcing strategies for radical innovations: does industry clockspeed make a difference?

Perrons, Robert K. & Platts, Ken (2005) Outsourcing strategies for radical innovations: does industry clockspeed make a difference? Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 16(8), pp. 842-863.

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Purpose – To determine whether or not clockspeed is an important variable in outsourcing strategies throughout the development of radical innovations.

Design/methodology/approach – An internet-based survey of manufacturing firms from all over the world.

Findings – An industry's clockspeed does not play a significant role in the success or failure of a particular outsourcing strategy for a radical innovation.

Research limitations/implications – Conclusions from earlier research in this area are not necessarily industry-specific.

Practical implications – Lessons learned via previous investigations about the computer industry need not be confined to that sector. Vertical integration may be a more robust outsourcing strategy when developing a radical innovation in industries of all clockspeeds.

Originality/value – Previous research efforts in this field focused on a single technology jump, but this approach may have overlooked a potentially important variable: industry clockspeed. Thus, this investigation explores whether clockspeed is an important factor.

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ID Code: 46473
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Corporate strategy, Manufacturing industries, Outsourcing
DOI: 10.1108/17410380510627852
ISSN: 1741-038X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Emerald Publishing
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 06:43
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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