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Reshoring drivers and barriers in the Swedish manufacturing industry
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4394-4939
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Gävle, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8305-4412
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1627-8459
2018 (English)In: Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, ISSN 2398-5364, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 174-201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore reshoring drivers and barriers from a Swedish manufacturing perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a case study, including four Swedish manufacturing companies, with focus on drivers and barriers from the context of the Swedish manufacturing industry. A literature review of previously established drivers and barriers is used to map out the empirical findings and thereby identify potential gaps between the current body of literature and drivers and barriers from a Swedish manufacturing context.

Findings

The findings of the study suggest that quality issues continue to be one of the strongest reshoring drivers. Except for product quality, quality is also connected to host country’s infrastructure, communication and service. The supply chain perspective is a source of several drivers and is identified as a perspective often overlooked in offshoring decisions. Barriers related to firm specifics were more elaborately discussed by the companies, especially concerning calculation of location decision and the need to invest in resources, which allows for a higher level of capacity at the home country facility.

Research limitations/implications

The study develops a structured table of reshoring drivers and barriers which can serve as a base for future research. Future research on the calculation of location decisions is deemed as a crucial step to further understand reshoring and aid companies in the decision-making process.

Practical implications

The drivers and barriers identified in the study can give practitioners insight into reshoring from the perspective of the Swedish manufacturing industry and thus aid in future manufacturing location decisions. The table of drivers and barriers can also be important to understand how Sweden can strengthen its competitive advantage and motivate more companies to reshore manufacturing.

Originality/value

This is one of only few papers from the Nordic countries and also one of few case studies examining reshoring in manufacturing companies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 174-201
Keywords [en]
Qualitative, Supply chain, Outsourcing, Offshoring, Insourcing, Backshoring, Reshoring
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37790DOI: 10.1108/JGOSS-06-2017-0014ISI: 000435300800002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047144112OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37790DiVA, id: diva2:1153054
Available from: 2017-10-27 Created: 2017-10-27 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved

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