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Friday, September 27, 2013

To Be Made Here, or Elsewhere -- a Look inside Outsourcing Decisions



Global companies struggle with decisions on how much to outsource. Too little means an organization may lose the pricing advantages that can come with using competitive providers worldwide. Too much -- or the wrong kind of outsourcing -- and quality and knowledge management can suffer.
A panel at a recent Wharton Global Forum in Tokyo titled, "Global Supply Chain Management: Outsourcing, Re-shoring, and Near-Shoring," looked at the reshaping of the global supply chain, and how companies choose where and whom to source from in a fast-changing environment. During the discussion, led by Wharton professor of operations and information management Morris A. Cohen, the panelists suggested that the cheapest solution is not always the best, and that the architecture of supply chains can vary widely depending on the industry and products involved.

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