Reshoring UK-based automotive manufacturing supply chains: the underpinning motivational framework from a multi-case perspective

Upton, Michelle (2023) Reshoring UK-based automotive manufacturing supply chains: the underpinning motivational framework from a multi-case perspective. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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Offshoring is a complex location strategy primarily the transfer of production, supply and R&D activities from the home country to an overseas location, initially to benefit from labour intensive processes in emerging economies and late for market seeking strategies. The UK automotive manufacturing industry have offshored extensively with development of complex global supply chains substantiating a global approach. Recent evidence authenticates a strategic change towards reshoring manufacturing and supply back to the home country with thirteen percent return rate. Comprehending the motives and drivers of UK manufacturing reshoring is emergent.

The thesis investigates why UK-based automotive manufacturing facilities are motivated to reshoring elements of their supply chain back to the UK. Adopting a qualitative multiple-case study approach within UK automotive manufacturing industry, the thesis finds a magnitude of motives, barriers, and location decision influencers.

Findings are thematically mapped to grasp the relationships and interconnectivity across themes. The moderation of analytical findings determined four moderated motives and two moderated barriers with interconnectivity across multiple disciplinary themes, pertinent to lean and agile theoretical concepts in automotive manufacturing.

The new dynamic framework encompasses a wholistic reshoring position developed from UK automotive manufacturing insights, and articulates the underpinning theory, six moderated motives and barriers driven by the theoretical concepts, five strategic decision influences and in consideration of changes to the dynamic external environment.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: supply chain proximity, OEM influence, competitiveness, global sourcing strategy, supply chain capability
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
University Services > Graduate School > Doctor of Philosophy
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2023 10:09
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 10:15

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