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E-supply chains: Understanding current and future opportunities and barriers

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Feng Li


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This paper examines the development of e-business within the supply chain domain. Case study research highlights an increased uptake of e-business across supply chains, outlines a shift in focus to more strategic activities across the whole supply chain network and reveals emerging characteristics of e-supply chains. A number of strategic opportunities that can be supported through e-supply chains are identified. Firstly, e-business technologies are being used for integrating supply chain-related systems leading to improved information sharing and visibility. Secondly, they are being used to increase the flexibility of supply chains and thirdly, to improve the level of personalisation in supply chains. Organisations are, however, likely to face a range of organisational, security, technological, cultural and social barriers that may challenge the use of e-supply chains. The paper closes by evaluating the importance of e-supply chains, the direction they are likely to go in and identifying areas for future research. Copyright © 2007 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Barlow A, Li F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Information Technology and Management

Year: 2007

Volume: 6

Issue: 2-4

Pages: 286-298

ISSN (print): 1461-4111

ISSN (electronic): 1741-5179

Publisher: Inderscience Publishers


DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2007.014005


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