Production location and sustainability
by Gregory Theyel
International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (IJASM), Vol. 5, No. 3, 2012

Abstract: Economic globalisation and pressures to reduce costs have fuelled a steady increase in offshoring activities. Offshoring decisions mainly involve economic factors. Sustainability, which is quickly being regarded as a competitive necessity in most industries, has rarely been part of the decision-making. To help integrate sustainability factors, this paper assesses economic, social, and environmental benefits for firms that retain local production and collaborate with their local customers and suppliers. The paper emphasises the multiple values of retaining production and keeping it local. Insight from managers who are responsible for offshoring decisions inform the paper's findings and the paper closes with a discussion of managerial implications and an outlook on aspects for further research.

Online publication date: Thu, 31-Jul-2014

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