2017

Global Sourcing and Technical Efficiency: A Firm-Level Study on the ICT Industry in Sweden

Särtryck nr 2017:69

Författare: Martin Andersson och Trudy-Ann StoneÅr: 2017 Publikation: Journal of Business Economics and Management Årgång (nr): 18 (5) Sidor: 877–896
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We analyse the relationship between international sourcing, measured as imports of intermediate inputs, and the technical efficiency of firms in the information and communications technologies (ICT) manufacturing industry in Sweden. Using stochastic frontier analysis, we provide evidence that global sourcing improves firms’ capabilities to combine and re-combine inputs in productive ways, thereby increasing technical efficiency. We find a robust relationship between technical efficiency and international outsourcing. First, we find that firms that are deeply integrated into global sourcing networks are closer to their own production frontier. Second, firms that are engaged in international sourcing are also closer to the industry efficiency frontier. These findings are consistent with the argument that international sourcing stimulates firms’ capabilities by enabling them to identify and adopt higher quality inputs or more efficient production and management practices. These findings also suggest that the variety and extent of firms’ global sourcing networks constitute an important source of differences in efficiency levels among firms the ICT manufacturing industry.


Referens:
Andersson, Martin och Trudy-Ann Stone (2017), "Global Sourcing and Technical Efficiency: A Firm-Level Study on the ICT Industry in Sweden". Journal of Business Economics and Management 18(5), 877–896.

Martin Andersson

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Thor Berger, fil.dr.

Ämnesområden:

Digitalisering, Ekonomisk historia, Innovation, Teknisk förändring och utveckling, Tillväxt, Urban och regional ekonomi

Några av de frågor Thor Berger försöker besvara i sin forskning:

  • Vilka effekter har teknisk förändring på arbetsmarknad, ojämlikhet och tillväxtmönster?
  • Hur har den intergenerationella rörligheten förändrats över tid, och vilka faktorer påverkar skillnader i rörlighet mellan och inom länder?
  • Vilka faktorer påverkar den långsiktiga innovationstakten globalt, nationellt och lokalt?

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