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Title: An empirical investigation of factors affecting e-collaboration diffusion in SMEs
Authors: Chan, FTS 
Chong, AYL
Zhou, L
Keywords: E-collaboration
Regression analysis
SMEs
Supply chain management
Technology adoption
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
Source: International journal of production economics, 2012, v. 138, no. 2, p. 329-344 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Production Economics 
Abstract: Organizations today operate in a complex, unpredictable, competitive and global business environment. Organizations have responded to these challenges by implementing collaborative supply chain management (SCM) which allows their organizations to gain competitive advantages. E-collaboration implementation is one of the key technologies to facilitate the success of SCM, which allows the integration of business processes and the sharing of information among supply chain members. E-collaboration has been implemented with considerable success in the supply chain by organizations such as Infineon and Wal-Mart. However, these large organizations have more financial and technical resources compared to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Little research on the implementation of e-collaboration has focused on the perspective of SMEs. Furthermore, most studies on e-collaboration implementation have traditionally examined the adoption stage of e-collaboration tools instead of a multi-stage diffusion process of technology. The main objective of this study is to understand the factors that influence the diffusion of e-collaboration in SCM among the SMEs. This study proposes a research model to examine a stage-based e-collaboration diffusion process in SMEs. An integration technology adoption model based on Technological-Organizational-Environmental (TOE) framework, Interorganizational Relationships (IOR), and Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) is proposed and empirically validated.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22862
ISSN: 0925-5273
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.04.004
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