Offshoring, lean production and a sustainable global supply chain
by Robert N. Mefford
European J. of International Management (EJIM), Vol. 4, No. 3, 2010

Abstract: Seeking lower costs of production, many global firms have offshored production of products, parts and services. Results of these efforts have often disappointed in terms of quality, productivity and sustainability issues. Firms need to take a strategic view of offshoring decisions emphasising the role foreign production plays in their supply chain. Modern systems, such as lean production, require a tightly linked global supply chain. Lean production also fosters a sustainable global supply chain making practices such as sweatshop working conditions and environmental pollution incompatible and uneconomic.

Online publication date: Thu, 06-May-2010

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