A decision framework for product global outsourcing in small and medium-sized companies.

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Master Thesis

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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Engineering, Industrial.



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This research will focus on small and medium-sized companies. A decision framework of Product Global Outsourcing (PGO) will be presented. This framework integrates and links the elements that could have impacts on product global outsourcing decision-making, and systematically analyzes the decision-making process step by step. The objective of this framework is to present a simplified and reified approach of PGO decision-making for small and medium-sized companies. The framework is organized in five main levels: (1) environment analysis - the identification of the actual situations surrounding and impacting upon the company, including the external and internal environment; (2) total cost analysis - a total cost mathematical model will be developed; (3) objective analysis - setup the product global outsourcing goals from five aspects; (4) strategy and business planning analysis - identify the company's strategy to achieve its objectives, and provide the business planning, such as supplier selection, contract negotiation and project execution management; and (5) risk analysis. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .M46. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1476. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.