Exploring knowledge transfer in reshoring
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Aim: This study purposely applies knowledge transfer theoretical concepts to reshoring to enrich the research scope of both disciplines. More specifically, this study aims to explore the knowledge transfer process in reshoring.
Methodology: The current research applied a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews with seven participants from five Swedish reshoring companies were conducted. Secondary data was obtained from existing scientific articles and books.
Findings & Conclusion: The main findings of the research are (1) the role of knowledge in reshoring influences knowledge transfer methods; (2) reshoring types influence on knowledge transfer actors; (3) company sizes and business types influence knowledge transfer actors and methods, and (4) knowledge transfer in different reshoring is affected by knowledge transfer factors in different ways, such as the absence of cultural, linguistic and geographical distances in outsource reshoring.
Theoretical contributions: This study is one of the first to apply knowledge transfer theories to reshoring. Its developed conceptual model reflects the impacts of reshoring elements, namely the role of knowledge in reshoring, reshoring types and reshoring motivations, on knowledge transfer process. It also signifies the influence of company size and business types of companies on knowledge transfer process.
Managerial implications: Reshoring companies should be aware of their reshoring types, the role of knowledge, company sizes and business types for their knowledge transfer process. These factors are influential addition to the previous identified knowledge transfer factors, such as cultural, linguistic and physical distances.
Limitations: This study explored only two reshoring types (outsource-reshoring and in-house-reshoring) of Swedish companies. Therefore, future research are suggested to investigate other reshoring types as well as other geographical areas.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 67 p.
reshoring, knowledge transfer
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23629DiVA: diva2:1074208
Subject / course
Business administration – master’s programme (one year)
Fjellström, Daniella, PHD
Fregidou-Malama, Maria, PHD