The effect of low-cost country sourcing on supply chain administration cost

Harri Lorentz*, Juuso Töyli, Tomi Solakivi, Lauri Ojala

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While the key advantage of low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is in low prices, other aspects of conducting sourcing from these countries remain problematic. This research quantifies the effect of LCC sourcing on the cost of supply chain administration, and examines the possible role of firm size and industry in this relationship. The research draws on survey data, with respondents from manufacturing firms operating in Finland. The results indicate that the supply chain administration cost among manufacturing firms seems to rise with the increase in LCC sourcing. The results also suggest that companies in technologically intensive industries experience higher costs, whereas firm size does not have an effect on costs. The research contributes to the debate on the cost-related effects of LCC sourcing, by offering quantified results that can be used as the reference point for managers contemplating the pros and cons in increasing the share of LCC sourcing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • international sourcing
  • low-cost countries
  • supply chain administration costs
  • survey


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