Document Type

Conference Paper


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Business and Management.

Publication Details

Published: in Working paper in The Purchasing Function: Walking a Tightrope, Proceedings of the 13th International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) Conference, pp. 405-414, Catania, Italy, April 2004.


In literature, there has been little empirical research investigation on purchasing consortium
issues focusing on a detailed analysis of ICT-based procurement strategies. Based on the exploration of academic literature and a survey on e-Marketplaces / procurement service providers (PSPs) in the automotive and electronics industry sectors, an overall statement is proposed: Effective participation in electronic purchasing consortia can have the potential to enhance competitive advantage. Implementation therefore requires a clear and detailed understanding of the major process structures and drivers at the e-Marketplace / PSP level of analysis.