Global sourcing strategy and structure: Towards a conceptual framework

Fu Jia, Guido Orzes, Marco Sartor, Guido Nassimbeni

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to develop a synthesised conceptual framework for global sourcing (GS) strategy and structure. Design/methodology/approach – We adopt a systematic literature review method and analyse through content analysis techniques 52 peer-reviewed journal articles focused on global sourcing strategy and structure. Based on these analyses, a conceptual model is developed. Findings -A synthesised construct of GS strategy, consisting of three dimensions, i.e., supply internationalisation, internal integration and external integration, is proposed. The GS structure construct is further broken down into structural design and control and coordination, consisting of three dimensions for each. Propositions for GS strategy, GS structure and, in particular, the relationships between them are developed for future empirical validation. Originality/value -This is the first study which synthesises various dimensions of GS strategy and GS structure and advances/extends the theory of the strategy-structure nexus to a GS context. The conceptual model provides a comprehensive framework for future empirical work and opens avenues of research on this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-864
JournalInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • Conceptual
  • Global sourcing
  • International sourcing
  • Organisational structure
  • Strategy development

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