Outsourcing core competencies in the mining industry

reshaping management discourse to achieve impact

Sergio Biggemann, Jane Maley, Staffan Brege, Christian Kowalkowski

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Abstract

The aim of the article is to analyze the rational for choice of suppliers and the influence these decisions have on the firm’s core competencies. We examine the choice of in-house operations versus buying maintenance in the Swedish mining industry through a qualitative case study approach. The findings reveal a strong tendency to outsource maintenance. This in turn has a strong influence on the firm’s core competencies, sustained competitive advantage and long-term sustainability. Based on the empirical findings, we comment on the strength
and weaknesses of the different outsourcing approaches and offer recommendations to reshape management discourse to successfully integrate the trend to outsourcing and also achieve long term impact.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReshaping Management for Impact
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2014)
Place of PublicationSydney
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference (28th : 2014) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20145 Dec 2014

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference (28th : 2014)
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period3/12/145/12/14

Keywords

  • mining industry
  • outsourcing
  • core competencies
  • resource based view

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