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Title: A review of outsourcing from the resource-based view of the firm
Authors: Espino-Rodriguez, Tomás F. 
Padrón-Robaina, Victor 
Keywords: Or-Buy Decisions
Competitive Advantage
Transaction Cost
Vertical Integration
Information-Systems, et al
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: 1460-8545
Journal: International Journal of Management Reviews 
Abstract: The phenomenon of outsourcing is becoming increasingly widespread among organizations and is now one of the strategic decisions that attract the greatest interest from professionals and organizational scholars. The primary purpose of the paper is to contribute with a review of the principal works that address outsourcing from the resource-based view of the firm (RBV). The paper begins by setting out the main premises of outsourcing and then presents the different concepts of outsourcing and proposes a concept that is more in line with the theoretical framework used. This is followed by an analysis of the principal differences and similarities of the treatments of outsourcing from the traditional perspective of the transaction costs economics theory (TCE) and from the more strategic and up-to-date RBV. The next section contains a review of the most significant theoretical and empirical works on outsourcing that address outsourcing from the RBV. The contributions are classified into two categories, depending on the objectives: works that study the propensity to outsource and works that study the relationship between the outsourcing decision and organizational performance. Finally, a framework is proposed that is based on the resource and capability view with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of outsourcing and facilitating future empirical works from the RBV that are complementary and examine issues of greater interest that have been less developed in the literature to date.
ISSN: 1460-8545
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2006.00120.x
Source: International Journal of Management Reviews[ISSN 1460-8545],v. 8, p. 49-70
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