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5.2 ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
In supply chain management literature, there has been little empirical research investigation on purchasing consortium issues focusing on a detailed analysis of information and communication (ICT) based procurement strategies. Based on the exploration of academic literature and two surveys among purchasing organisations as well as e-Marketplaces / procurement service providers (PSPs) in the automotive and electronics industry sectors, the research methodology follows a positivistic approach in order to assess the overall statement: ‘Effective participation in electronic purchasing consortia (EPC) can have the potential to enhance competitive advantage. Implementation therefore requires a clear and detailed understanding of the major process structures and drivers, based upon thetechnology-organisation-environment framework.’ Key factors and structures that affect the adoption and diffusion of EPC and the performance impact of adoption are investigated. The empirically derived model for EPC can be a valuable starting point to EPC research.
Huber, B., Sweeney, E. &Smyth, A. (2004) Purchasing Consortia and Electronic Markets:a Procurement Direction in Integrated Supply Chain Management. Electronic Markets, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 284-294. DOI:10.1080/10196780412331311739