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This paper examines how e-business affects small firms in supply chains. Research in four UK supply chain cases, assistive/medical technology, construction, computer consumables and apparel, indicate widening gaps between large and small firm investment and strategy for exploitation of e-business. Existing models of e-business operationalisation are critically evaluated; and their appropriateness in providing insight and guidance is reflected on. While each model individually provides some useful insights, none are appropriate for examining small firm take up of e-business. Therefore a new framework is developed based on three key issues—cautiousness, contingency and cost-benefit.
Author(s): Zheng J, Caldwell N, Harland CM, Powell P, Woerndl M, Xu S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
ISSN (print): 1478-4092
ISSN (electronic): 1873-6505
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