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An empirical investigation of factors affecting e-collaboration diffusion in SMEs

An empirical investigation of factors affecting e-collaboration diffusion in SMEs

Chan, Felix T.S., Chong, Alain Yee-Loong and Zhou, Li ORCID: 0000-0001-7132-5935 (2012) An empirical investigation of factors affecting e-collaboration diffusion in SMEs. International Journal of Production Economics, 138 (2). pp. 329-344. ISSN 0925-5273 (doi:

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Organizations today operate in a complex, unpredictable, competitive and global business environment. Organizations have responded to these challenges by implementing collaborative supply chain management (SCM) which allows their organizations to gain competitive advantages. E-collaboration implementation is one of the key technologies to facilitate the success of SCM, which allows the integration of business processes and the sharing of information among supply chain members. E-collaboration has been implemented with considerable success in the supply chain by organizations such as Infineon and Wal-Mart. However, these large organizations have more financial and technical resources compared to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Little research on the implementation of e-collaboration has focused on the perspective of SMEs. Furthermore, most studies on e-collaboration implementation have traditionally examined the adoption stage of e-collaboration tools instead of a multi-stage diffusion process of technology. The main objective of this study is to understand the factors that influence the diffusion of e-collaboration in SCM among the SMEs. This study proposes a research model to examine a stage-based e-collaboration diffusion process in SMEs. An integration technology adoption model based on Technological-Organizational-Environmental (TOE) framework, Interorganizational Relationships (IOR), and Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) is proposed and empirically validated.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 13 April 2012. [2] Published in print: August 2012. [3] Published as:International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Economics, (2012), Vol. 138, (2), pp. 329–344.
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-collaboration, supply chain management, technology adoption, SMEs, regression analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Supply Chain Management Research Group
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