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STOR Colloquium: Bin Hu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

September 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Bin Hu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Is Reshoring Better than Offshoring? The Effect of Offshore

Supply Dependence

In this paper we investigate the effect of offshore supply dependence (OSD) on offshoring-reshoring profit comparisons. We find that OSD hampers a reshoring manufacturer’s responsiveness to demand information updates and may significantly affect offshoring-reshoring comparisons, such that reshoring may yield lower profits than offshoring in many cases, including when offshoring has no baseline-cost advantage. We then show that OSD also affects how salient costs such as customs duties and shipping costs influence offshoring-reshoring profit comparisons. We further identify common-component designs as a mitigating measure to make reshoring more appealing under OSD, and numerically confirm the robustness of our results.




 Refreshments will be served at 3:00pm in the 3rd floor lounge of Hanes Hall


September 19, 2016
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hanes Hall
Hanes Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States