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Supply Chain Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1359-8546

Online from: 1996

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Assessing the value creation process of e-business along the supply chain


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Title:Assessing the value creation process of e-business along the supply chain
Author(s):Frank Wiengarten, (ESADE School of Business, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain), Brian Fynes, (Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College, Dublin, Ireland), Paul Humphreys, (University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, UK), Roberto C. Chavez, (ESADE School of Business, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain), Alan McKittrick, (University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, UK)
Citation:Frank Wiengarten, Brian Fynes, Paul Humphreys, Roberto C. Chavez, Alan McKittrick, (2011) "Assessing the value creation process of e-business along the supply chain", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 16 Iss: 4, pp.207 - 219
Keywords:E-business applications, Germany, Information technology, IT business value, Resource based view, Supply chain management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13598541111139035 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Received: July 2010Revised: November 2010
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper seeks to report the results of an empirical study examining the value creation process of e-business (EB) applications from a supply chain perspective.

Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire was sent to procurement managers located in the German automotive supply chain. Interaction effects were examined through regression analyses to illustrate the moderating role of the suppliers' EB readiness in the value creation process throughout the supply chain.

Findings – Based on the resource-based view (RBV) and previous research this study illustrates that EB applications (i.e. EB interaction applications, EB coordination applications and EB integration applications) have a significantly stronger positive impact on operational performance when a company's key suppliers are ready and willing to engage in EB (suppliers' EB readiness).

Originality/value – Although research on the performance impact and business value of EB applications has advanced over the past years, there is still a scarcity of research taking a supply chain perspective on EB value. This study addresses this gap through reporting results of an empirical study examining the value creation of EB applications through the moderating role of suppliers' EB readiness on the EB applications-operational performance relationship throughout the supply chain. This paper will thus be beneficial for supply chain managers considering investing in EB systems and will support further research in EB value creation in supply chains.



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