Sourcing in the "United States of China"

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2006
End date: 31/12/2007
Funding: 1500000 SEK


More and more firms are undertaking global sourcing of products, services, and innovation. China is occupying an increasingly important position in this strategy. Much of the success of many Swedish firms has built on successful sourcing in China. Sourcing, however, is a young academic inquiry rooted in business-to-business (B2B) literature. Despite significant advances in theory building, very few have studied the global dimension of sourcing and even fewer have focused on China. The purpose of this project is to examine strategic and operational issues concerning sourcing in major regions of China from the vantage point of both large and small Swedish firms with a B2B theoretical focus. In contrast to studies that are focused on foreign investments we intend to study the integration (supply management) of foreign sourcing and production sources into a firm's overall activity and resource structures. We will carry out survey and case studies of Swedish firms in five industries. These firms have extensive sourcing and production networks in various parts of China, which is viewed in this study as the "United States of China" given its large size and variations in social economic development and regional cultures.

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