The evolution of sourcing practices at selected Manitoba apparel companies

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Gray, Meghan
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This research used the case study research method to apply the taxonomy of global sourcing development by Monczka and Trent (1991) to the evolution of sourcing practices for production and/or finished garments of two apparel companies, both located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Case studies describing the evolution of sourcing practices for finished garments and/or production of each company were written. Pattern-matching logic analytic strategy was then used to compare the evolution of sourcing practices of each case with Monczka and Trent's taxonomy, The result of pattern matching was that for each case, the evolution of the sourcing practices appeared to follow the developmental process in Monczka ond Trent and that the specific characteristics and strategies within each phase oulined by Monczka and Trent could be matched with the sourcing practices described in both case studies, Cross-case comparative analysis as a form of replication logic was also undertaken revealing that even though there were many dimensions in which the two companies were different, there was remarkable consistency when the results of pattern matching were compared, The results of pattern matching and cross-case comparison indicate that Monczka and Trent's (1991) taxonomy is a practical framework to apply to the sourcing practices of apparel companies. Recommendations from both a practical and theoretical perspective were made.