Could you,please, circulate the call for papers below to the AIB-list.

Many thanks

Best Regrads

Grazia Santangelo

Professor Grazia Santangelo
Department of Political and Social Science
University of Catania
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 8
95131 Catania

Final workshop MIUR-PRIN Project

Production, R&D and Knowledge Offshoring: Economic Analyses and Policy Implications

September 24-25, 2013 

Università Bocconi, Milan 


Offshoring has received great attention in recent years, although the practice to locate activities abroad is a long- lasting phenomenon. One of the reasons for this rise of interest can be traced back to the changing characteristics of internationalization processes. Recent developments point out to the multifaceted nature of the allocation of business activities in foreign countries. In particular, offshoring can take place either within a single multinational firm (captive offshoring) or through a variety of market transactions and partnerships among firms (international outsourcing), and can also involve a wide array of activities, from manufacturing to services, including R&D and other knowledge generating activities.

To gain a better understanding of these distinct but interrelated aspects of offshoring, the workshop solicits submissions aiming at advancing our knowledge on the determinants and effects of offshoring.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  •   The determinants of production, R&D and knowledge-related offshoring.

  •   The differential role played by distance in explaining bilateral R&D investments, as compared with the case of trade and

    of production investments.

  •   The role of innovation and market competition on offshoring decisions.

  •   How firm characteristics help explain firm’s engagement in international offshoring, as opposed to local outsourcing.

  •   International partnerships as a means of knowledge offshoring.

  •   The effects of offshoring of production and R&D activities on job displacement, wages and tasks composition.

  •   The effects of immigration and offshoring on job opportunities and wage levels of natives.

  •   The offshorability of different knowledge tasks.

  •   The effects of R&D offshoring strategies on performance at home.

  •   Offshoring strategies in emerging as opposite to developed markets.

  •   Policy implications of offshoring.

    The call invites submissions of full papers addressing the above and related topics at various levels of analysis and with different methodologies (quantitative, qualitative as well as analytic).

Keynote Speakers

Keld Laursen Copenhagen Business School 

Rajneesh Narula University of Reading

Scientific Committee

Davide Castellani University of Perugia 

Maria Luisa Mancusi Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Gianmarco Ottaviano Università Bocconi 

Grazia Santangelo University of Catania 

Antonello Zanfei University of Urbino

Local Organizing Committee

Maria Luisa Mancusi 

Gianmarco Ottaviano

Important Dates

Paper submission: June 30, 2013 

Notification to authors: July 20, 2013

Conference website

Participants who wish to present their contribution at the workshop are invited to submit a full paper at [log in to unmask] (Please specify in the object: Submission for MIUR-PRIN workshop)

The workshop is organized as part of a research project on “Production, R&D and Knowledge Offshoring: Economic Analyses and Policy Implications”, funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (PRIN 2009). 

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