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Article: Supplier selection for outsourcing from the perspective of protecting crucial product knowledge

TitleSupplier selection for outsourcing from the perspective of protecting crucial product knowledge
Authors
KeywordsOutsourcing
Intellectual propertyx
Intellectual property
Knowledge management
Manufacturing specifications
Issue Date2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00207543.asp
Citation
International Journal of Production Research, 2013, v. 51 n. 5, p. 1508-1519 How to Cite?
Abstract
This paper considers the supplier selection problem in terms of the characteristics of the products/processes to be outsourced. Emphasis is placed on the possible risk that may arise in sharing or transferring crucial product/process knowledge to suppliers during outsourcing. Two indices are employed to assess the suitability of a supplier for outsourcing a product/process. The first measures the supplier's capability for technological innovation in the products for which they offer outsourcing services, and includes investment in R&D projects and the ratio of R&D personnel to the total work force. The second index measures the supplier's practices in protecting its clients’ intellectual property rights, and includes corporate image, track record in protecting clients’ intellectual property rights, and compliance with internal and external requirements. These two indices are then used to classify suppliers into four major groups, which are in turn assigned to classes of components/processes depending on their strategic importance and vulnerability – a portfolio approach. The proposed portfolio approach has been validated via a substantial empirical study involving data for 401 parts, 216 suppliers, and 36 manufacturing companies operating in China.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/152680
ISSN
2013 Impact Factor: 1.323
ISI Accession Number ID

 

Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Xi'an Jiaotong University
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorWu, Fen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, HZen_US
dc.contributor.authorChu, LKen_US
dc.contributor.authorSculli, Den_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-16T09:46:10Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-16T09:46:10Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Production Research, 2013, v. 51 n. 5, p. 1508-1519en_US
dc.identifier.issn0020-7543-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/152680-
dc.description.abstractThis paper considers the supplier selection problem in terms of the characteristics of the products/processes to be outsourced. Emphasis is placed on the possible risk that may arise in sharing or transferring crucial product/process knowledge to suppliers during outsourcing. Two indices are employed to assess the suitability of a supplier for outsourcing a product/process. The first measures the supplier's capability for technological innovation in the products for which they offer outsourcing services, and includes investment in R&D projects and the ratio of R&D personnel to the total work force. The second index measures the supplier's practices in protecting its clients’ intellectual property rights, and includes corporate image, track record in protecting clients’ intellectual property rights, and compliance with internal and external requirements. These two indices are then used to classify suppliers into four major groups, which are in turn assigned to classes of components/processes depending on their strategic importance and vulnerability – a portfolio approach. The proposed portfolio approach has been validated via a substantial empirical study involving data for 401 parts, 216 suppliers, and 36 manufacturing companies operating in China.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00207543.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Production Researchen_US
dc.subjectOutsourcing-
dc.subjectIntellectual propertyx-
dc.subjectIntellectual property-
dc.subjectKnowledge management-
dc.subjectManufacturing specifications-
dc.titleSupplier selection for outsourcing from the perspective of protecting crucial product knowledgeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChu, LK: lkchu@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailSculli, D: hreidsc@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChu, LK=rp00113en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00207543.2012.701769-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84871182630-
dc.identifier.hkuros201002en_US
dc.identifier.volume51-
dc.identifier.issue5-
dc.identifier.spage1508-
dc.identifier.epage1519-
dc.identifier.eissn1366-588X-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000313028800013-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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