Backshoring in Light of the Concepts of Divestment and De-internationalization: Similarities and Differences

Michał Młody


Objective: The purpose of this article is to evaluate the adequacy of the present theoretical knowledge relating to divestments and de-internationalization in the context of explaining the backshoring phenomenon - a relatively new, but gaining in importance specific behaviour of companies in the process of internationalization. Research Design & Methods: The paper discusses various aspects of contemporary processes of internationalization. The employed research design is qualitative - the study has been based on conclusions drawn from critical literature studies. Findings: Although backshoring shares some common characteristics with the concepts of de-internationalization and international divestments, there are several noticeable differences: e.g. both de-internationalization and international divestments are rather related to wholly owned subsidiaries, while backshoring includes both activities outsourced to company's foreign suppliers and to its subsidiaries. Implications & Recommendations: It is necessary to develop new concepts that in a holistic way will define the decision-making process of enterprises which use de-internationalization and backshoring of business processes as part of their long-term internationalization strategies. The article indicates some dependencies and issues that must be considered in formulating new theoretical proposals. Contribution & Value Added: The originality of this study lies in the in-depth analysis of the similarities and differences between the processes of de-internationalization/international divestments and backshoring.
Author Michał Młody (WZ / KZS)
Michał Młody,,
- Department of Strategic Management
Journal seriesEntrepreneurial Business and Economics Review, ISSN 2353-883X, e-ISSN 2353-8821, (B 12 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.65
Keywords in Englishbackshoring; reshoring; international divestment; internationalization process; de-internationalization
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)12
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 12.0, 13-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 12.0, 13-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 3
Citation count*15 (2021-06-21)
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Tytuł numeruAdvancing Research in Entrepreneurship
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