The global recession and the shift to re-shoring:Myth or reality?

Delis, Agelos, Driffield, Nigel and Temouri, Yama (2017). The global recession and the shift to re-shoring:Myth or reality? Journal of Business Research ,


Despite the high degree of attention that re-shoring has recently attracted in the media, we lack detailed understanding of the drivers of such an important strategic change by a multinational enterprise (MNE). We offer the first large-scale analysis of the factors that influence a firm's decision to re-shore. Our analysis is based on 3683 MNEs from 14 developed countries investing in 66 host countries over the period 2006–2013. Our results suggest that increased re-shoring was triggered by the downturn in the West resulting from the recent global financial crisis. However, our results show that the effect of the global financial crisis on re-shoring is smaller when the distance between parent and subsidiaries becomes larger. In turn, as distance increases, the importance of relative costs declines in explaining re-shoring activity. Finally, MNEs who have engaged in re-shoring in the past are more likely to re-shore again.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Additional Information: © 2017, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multinational enterprises ,Re-shoring ,Foreign direct investment ,Global recession
Published Online Date: 2017-10-10
Published Date: 2017-10
Authors: Delis, Agelos ( 0000-0003-2923-6386)
Driffield, Nigel
Temouri, Yama

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