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Inter-Firm Collaboration through Inter-Firm Networks

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Feng Li


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Since the late 1980s, interfirm (computer) networks have been diffusing very rapidly. They have not only been adopted by firms across the whole spectrum of sectors; the applications based on such networks have also been extended from routine transactions to strategically more important processes. Using recent evidence gathered from six in-depth cases studies in the UK and a telephone-based survey, this paper will illustrate how the development of interfirm networks has facilitated the emergence of new interfirm collaboration in strategic areas. The empirical evidence has been drawn from the retailing, motor manufacturing and electronics industries. To conclude, the paper will highlight several key issues that have emerged from the study, identify three layers of barriers to the development of interfirm networks, and outline a future research agenda.

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Author(s): Li F, Williams H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Information Systems Journal

Year: 1999

Volume: 9

Issue: 2

Pages: 103-117

ISSN (print): 1350-1917

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2575

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2575.1999.00053.x


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