The influence of business conditions on supply chain information-sharing mechanisms: A study among supply chain links of SMEs

Gera A. Welker*, Taco van der Vaart, Dirk Pieter van Donk

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Abstract

The literature acknowledges that the type and the level of supply chain integration differ in various situations. This paper investigates the influence of business conditions on internal and external information sharing and the role of ICT in order processing, using a multi-case study among SMEs. The study shows that simple business conditions are associated with limited information sharing and some use of standard ICT applications, in particular of ERP systems. Complex business conditions tend to be associated with greater sharing of external information while relying on traditional communication forms. The level and type of information sharing confirm earlier findings, but the limited use of ICT needs further exploration. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-720
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume113
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2008

Keywords

  • supply chain integration
  • information sharing
  • order processing
  • case study
  • SMEs
  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
  • FULFILLMENT PROCESS
  • INTEGRATION
  • PERFORMANCE
  • PRODUCT
  • IMPACT
  • STRATEGY
  • SYSTEMS
  • IMPLEMENTATION
  • UNCERTAINTY

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