Title: EDI performance in the automotive supply chain

Authors: Bordin Rassameethes, Susumu Kurokawa, Larry J. LeBlanc

Addresses: Management of Technology Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235, USA. Management of Technology Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235, USA. Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a questionnaire survey to automobile first-tier suppliers in the US. We address the effects of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) on the automotive supply chain, specifically addressing first and second-tier suppliers. We also examine the reasons for suppliers not using EDI. Our analyses show: (1) the size of a firm does not affect the degree of EDI integration, (2) firms with high corporate performance have a high level of EDI integration, (3) firms with high corporate performance have a high level of information sharing with suppliers, and finally (4) US automakers are directing first-tier suppliers to use EDI, yet first-tier suppliers have not been able to enforce its use by their suppliers.

Keywords: Electronic Data Interchange; EDI; automobile industry; supply chain management; electronic commerce; e-commerce.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2000.002871

International Journal of Technology Management, 2000 Vol.20 No.3/4, pp.287-303

Published online: 07 Jul 2003 *

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