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Title: The motivations for sourcing production offshore : a multiple case study of small and medium-sized clothing firms in Hong Kong
Authors: Tam, FY
Moon, KL
Ng, SF 
Hui, CL 
Keywords: SMEs
Offshore production
Sourcing strategies
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Research journal of textile and apparel, 2004, v. 8, no. 2, p. 95-107 How to cite?
Journal: Research journal of textile and apparel 
Abstract: This paper studies the factors that motivate small and medium-sized clothing firms in Hong Kong to shift their production offshore, and identifies the interrelationships between these factors and firm-related characteristics, sourcing strategies, and buyer-supplier relationships. Using a multiple case methodology to study ten firms and a two-phase approach to collecting data involving, in-depth interviews and mail questionnaires, the two most important factors motivating the sourcing of production offshore are identified, as follows: (1) cost advantage of, and (2) availability of labour in, the host country. The results also show that industrial sector and firm size are the only firm-related characteristics that have an effect on the factors motivating offshore production. Furthermore, sourcing strategies and buyer-supplier relationships are sometimes influenced by these motivational factors.
ISSN: 1560-6074
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