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E-procurement in digitally clustered organisations: an analysis of sustainability

E-procurement in digitally clustered organisations: an analysis of sustainability

Adebanjo, Dotun ORCID: 0000-0003-4845-9411 (2010) E-procurement in digitally clustered organisations: an analysis of sustainability. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 13 (6). pp. 441-458. ISSN 1367-5567 (Print), 1469-848X (Online) (doi:

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This paper examines the sustainability of e-cluster applications used within the context of e-procurement in order to analyse business models and identify factors important for viability of ‘digital proximity’ e-marketplaces. Survey-based functionality value analysis was used to examine development and operational costs, while workshops identified preferences of potential e-cluster members. The study identified two business models – subscription and pay-per-use. Analysis indicated that the pay-per-use model had more variable cashflow but had the potential for higher cost benefit particularly when aggregated procurement is adopted. The findings suggest that e-cluster management organisations have to be strategic in their deployment. The findings also suggested that e-cluster members preferred to pay for e-cluster sustainability through subscriptions rather than through advertising. In addition, the study indicated a lack of consensus with regards to the value attached to various functionalities of e-clusters and the sourcing of initial funding for the development of the e-cluster application.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: business models, e-clusters, e-procurement, UK, supply chains, food industry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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