OFFSHORABILITY OF KNOWLEDGE-INTENSIVE ACTIVITIES:
TOWARDS THE THIRD
WAVE OF OFFSHORING
Enabled by globalization, trade liberalization and new
information & communication technology, Western firms are now
offshoring to low-cost countries like
Can we foresee a third wave of offshoring,
where all jobs of "symbolic analysts" in Western countries are
candidates for off-shoring, as is currently the case of blue and
white-collar jobs? What are
the firm-specific antecedents of offshoring knowledge intensive
activities? How do these antecedents differ between large and small
firms? This presentation will suggest a research program and a set of
hypotheses on what makes knowledge intensive work “offshore-able”.
Volker Mahnke Ph.D.
is Professor of Technology Innovation and Strategy at