Purpose - The aim of the article is to analyze the rationale for choice of suppliers and the influence these decisions have on the firm’s capabilities.Design/methodology/approach - We examine the choice of in-house operations versus buying maintenance in the Swedish mining industry through a qualitative case study approach.Findings - The findings reveal a strong tendency to outsource maintenance.Research limitations/implications - This in turn has a strong influence on the firm’s capabilities and long-term competitive advantage and sustainability.Practical implications - Based on the empirical findings, we comment on the strength and weaknesses of the different outsourcing and attempt to find practical solutions that assist the firm in creating competitive advantage.Originality/value - The unique contribution of this study is that it extends prior firm capabilities studies by investigating the impact of capability loss specifically in complex, intricate maintenance processes in a dynamic industry.
- Mining industry
- Resourced-based view
Maley, J., Kowalkowski, C., Brege, S., & Biggemann, S. (2015). Outsourcing maintenance in complex process industries: managing firm capabilities in lock-in effect. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 27(5), 801-825. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-02-2015-0018