International Modularity and Offshoring in Spanish Industry

  1. Sandra Valle Álvarez 1
  2. Lucía Avella Camarero 1
  3. Francisco García Pérez 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


Modern Economy

ISSN: 2152-7245 2152-7261

Year of publication: 2011

Volume: 02

Issue: 04

Pages: 680-690

Type: Article

DOI: 10.4236/ME.2011.24076 GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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This paper aims to analyze participation by Spanish industrial firms in the marked process of international production modularity or fragmentation that is taking place on a global scale. It studies whether firms use offshoring (that is, transfer activities abroad), what type of activities are offshored, the type of offshoring used, the main target countries, the reasons for offshoring and the benefits it brings. Qualitative research into four Spanish business groups shows that they all use offshoring, mostly outsourcing manufacturing to international suppliers. When choosing offshore location, these groups aim to achieve not only cost savings but also advantages from the agglomeration of the agents with which they need to interact, as well as access to new markets and relevant resources (infrastructure, auxiliary industry, production capacity, technology and know-how).

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