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After years of low-cost offshoring a public debate about the future of manufacturing especially in developed countries was started motivated by reports about companies “reshoring” manufacturing operations, bringing it back to – or at closer to – regions such as North America or Western Europe. While much anecdotal evidence exists for such decisions, there is little empirical analysis that has been conducted at the level of specific supply chain sourcing decisions understanding current trends, their drivers and impact. With the Global Supply Chain Benchmark Study we intend to address these questions. The goal of this study is to benchmark current practices with regard to the following three questions:
During the past two years we worked with academics from leading business schools in the United States and Japan surveying leading global manufacturing companies from North America, Western Europe and East Asia on their current production sourcing decisions. Our analyses result in a set of findings which are to some extent surprising and confirm to some extent common perception:
If you want to learn more about the results of our study download the final report at The Wharton School. The report discusses the results on a global level and provides more detailed analyses on the decisions to invest or divest in specific regions as well as their implications on manufacturing employment. In the appendix we complement these analyses with insights into the decisions made by firms from the different industry clusters in our sample. Further publication based on this study will follow in academic journals.
If you are interested in this study, would like to discuss its results or require further information please contact Mr. Marc Steuber.
Management Consultant in the Operations Practice at McKinsey & Company
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Ricardo Ernst and Shiliang Cui
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Arnd Huchzermeier and Marc Steuber
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
Olin Business School, Washington University St. Louis
Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University, Japan
Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University