Title: The information processing infrastructure for internet based collaboration

Authors: Ivan K.W. Lai

Addresses: Faculty of Management and Administration, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai Long, Taipa, Macau, China

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present a case study of the adoption of Internet-based Inter-Organisational Systems (IIOS) that is applicable to other areas in logistics industry. IIOS provide the technology infrastructure to facilitate the horizontal flow of information along strategic business partners and vertically flow of information and goods along shippers and consignees. In recent years, logistics providers are instigated to adopt their IIOS in order to cooperate and complete with their rivals. IIOS alter the rules of competition and provide opportunities that logistics providers could reduce transaction costs. However, the adoption of IIOS depends on the construction of information processing technologies to match collaborative strategies. This study aims to illustrate the information processing infrastructure of IIOS; examine the direct and indirect benefits of adopting IIOS; explore the application of IIOS to support the internet-based collaborative strategies in logistics industry.

Keywords: internet-based collaboration; collaborative strategies; internet-based IOS model; inter-organisational systems; logistics industry; supply chain management; SCM; internet; information flow; online collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2008.019183

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2008 Vol.4 No.6, pp.634 - 649

Published online: 02 Jul 2008 *

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