Special Issue "Outsourcing Strategy and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tomás F. Espino-Rodríguez
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Department of Economics and Business, Universiy of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, C.P. 35017, Spain
Interests: Outsourcing strategy, Interorganizational relationships between suppliers and customers, Operations management; Supply chain management, Sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Outsourcing involves both service and industrial companies acquiring services or components from external companies instead of carrying them out in-house. The literature has researched the factors that determine that a firm outsources but has not been related to sustainability or analyzed the impact it can have on aspects related to sustainability. For this Special Issue, we welcome conceptual and empirical contributions that explore different aspects of outsourcing related to the concept of sustainability, that is, aspects that include not only performance but also social, environmental, cultural, and sustainable employment aspects. Papers are also welcome to examine relationships with suppliers. Relationships with suppliers are the basis for outsourcing to achieve its objectives and especially sustainability. This will allow firms to be managed efficiently. It is also necessary to know the impact that outsourcing has on the sustainable performance of organizations. Studies that analyze a new concept of outsourcing related to sustainability are necessary in these modern times. For this reason, this Special Issue will be launched, dedicated to examining outsourcing. The papers included in this Special Issue can help us to determine the new directions being addressed in the research on outsourcing.

Prof. Dr. Tomás F. Espino-Rodríguez
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable outsourcing
  • outsourcing and its impact on culture
  • social aspects of outsourcing
  • environmental perspective of outsourcing
  • outsourcing and employment
  • perceived value of outsourcing
  • outsourcing and performance
  • outsourcing and sustainable performance
  • satisfaction with suppliers
  • sustainable interorganizational relationships

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Organizational Resource and Innovativeness to Sustainable Design Outsourcing Service
Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5288; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135288 - 30 Jun 2020
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Design firms have been changing to become innovation consulting agencies, while business companies are improving their use of design innovation capacity for innovative problem-solving approaches. This study aims to identify how the organizational resource components of design firms affect the competitiveness of design [...] Read more.
Design firms have been changing to become innovation consulting agencies, while business companies are improving their use of design innovation capacity for innovative problem-solving approaches. This study aims to identify how the organizational resource components of design firms affect the competitiveness of design outsourcing through the medium of absorptive capacity, innovation capacity, and design innovativeness. To do this, a total of 389 surveys from employees of design firms of seven regions in Korea were collected and analyzed. The analysis results show that tangible and human resource have a significant impact on absorptive capacity and innovation capacity, and intangible resource do the same on absorptive capacity. It was found that intangible resource would not have a significant impact on innovation capacity. This indicates that design firms should also prioritize fostering creative talent and strengthening financial and physical support for organizational activities. In addition, this study confirmed that enhanced absorptive capacity within the organization has a positive effect on the design innovativeness, and that the resource and capacity management of design firms are important to improve design innovativeness and outsourcing competitiveness. Full article
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