The European Journal of Comparative Economics

ISSN: 1824-2979

EJCE Year: 2004, June. Volume: 1 - Issue: 1

Outsourcing and Information Management.

by Alessandro Innocenti ; Sandrine Labory

Start page: 107 - End page: 125

Keywords: Firm size; Information; Network; Outsourcing

Jel code: D23; L11; L22

Abstract:

This paper compares outsourcing processes in France, Italy and Japan in two types of firms, large firms and also small firms. It is shown that outsourcing has increased over the last two decades in both small and large firms in all three countries and that mainly in the last decade the tendency has been to increasingly involve some of the suppliers in product development. We interpret this evidence by means of a cognitive framework related to the activity of information management. Specifically, we show that the more the relationships among suppliers and users are characterised by two-way communication, decentralised information processing, and accordingly balanced contractual power, the more the incentives to create knowledge and to innovate autonomously are guaranteed.

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