Strategic Decision Making in Global Supply Networks

Strategic Decision Making in Global Supply Networks

Ozlem Arisoy (University of Pittsburgh, USA) and Bopaya Bidanda (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-770-6.ch015
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Abstract

Globalization has inexorably affected the economies of many nations in both the developed and developing world. As a consequence, national boundaries are becoming less important to the large, multinational corporations who now operate on a global scale. Corporate global networks range from short term outsourcing contracts to long term investments in developing countries that offer low cost operations and/or the promise of future market expansion. Today the Internet and high-speed data networks enable knowledge tasks to be completed practically anywhere in the world, allowing companies in the developed world to achieve cost savings or simply stay competitive enough to survive by shifting work offshore (Saunders, 2003; Schultz, 2004). As a result, an increasing shift of work to low-cost countries will continue for the foreseeable future.

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