Title: Assessing the applicability of collaborative procurement systems

Authors: Yichen Lin, Pingwen Yu, Chaoche Lin

Addresses: Graduate Institute of Technology Management, National University of Tainan, 33, Sec.2, Shu-Lin St., Tainan 70005, Taiwan R.O.C. ' Department of Information Management, Shu-Zen College of Medicine and Management, No.89, Wenhwa 1st St., Rende Shiang, Tainan County 717, Taiwan R.O.C. ' Department of Management Information Science, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, No. 452, Huanciou Rd., Lujhu Township, Kaohsiung County 821, Taiwan R.O.C.

Abstract: The advent of new technologies in automation, information, and path structures will drive commercial development towards retail chains, maximisation, and strategic alliances between businesses. A case study was used to examine how integration can help a company achieve supply chain maturity and procurement activity and business performance improvements. Supply chain maturity includes emphasised function, inside integration, outside integration, and business cooperation. Procurement management considerations involved determining the proper supplier, quality, time, price, and quantity of the product being purchased. Greater maturity was a facilitator, positively influencing procurement activities. Both supply chain maturity and procurement activities had a significant influence on business performance.

Keywords: collaborative procurement systems; performance evaluation; procurement management; supply chain management; SCM; supply chain maturity; business performance; cooperation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBSR.2008.020764

International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 2008 Vol.2 No.4, pp.365 - 386

Published online: 14 Oct 2008 *

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