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Production in the Innovation Economy$
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Richard M. Locke and Rachel L. Wellhausen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019927

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019927.001.0001

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Innovation and Onshoring: The Case for Product Variety

Innovation and Onshoring: The Case for Product Variety

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(p.211) 8 Innovation and Onshoring: The Case for Product Variety
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Production in the Innovation Economy
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Donald B. Rosenfield

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019927.003.0008

Using the lens of onshoring versus offshoring, this chapter draws on interviews with executive at large firms with substantial manufacturing presence in the US, finding that interviewees cited a number of reasons for locating production offshore. In addition, the author develops an analytic model of the total cost of a product and how various product characteristics might affect that cost. The model identifies innovativeness as a factor that supports onshoring as well as pointing out that product variety itself is a form of innovation. Three major factors foster onshoring: innovation in products and processes, a low ratio of value to weight, and a high variety of products.

Keywords:   Offshoring, Onshoring, Production costs, Product variety, Process innovation

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