Title: Antecedents and consequences of e-supply chain coordination capability for enterprises: an empirical study in China

Authors: Zeng Lu; Jing Zhao; Maomao Chi

Addresses: Center for International Cooperation in E-business, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 430074, China. ' Center for International Cooperation in E-business, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 430074, China. ' Center for International Cooperation in E-business, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 430074, China

Abstract: Although e-commerce technology has greatly improved the efficiency of supply chain, the poor coordination capability for enterprises on the e-supply chain restricted the further improvement of firm performance. And studies on how to improve e-supply chain coordination capability become necessary. In this research, based on the resource-based view (RBV) of firms and transaction cost economics (TCE), we propose a model of e-supply chain coordination capability to describe antecedents and consequences of e-supply chain coordination capability for enterprises, and specifically explore the relationship among inter-organisational IT-related resources, e-supply chain coordination capability (ESCC) and firm performance. We use the method of partial least square (PLS) to verify theoretical model. The results show that: 1) the improvement of supply chain partnership rely on inter-organisational information system (IOS); 2) firms should pay the same attention to establish IOS and good relationships with their partners on the supply chain; 3) firms should evaluate the impact of e-supply chain coordination capability on firm performance through process performance directly, but rather through financial performance.

Keywords: inter-organisational information systems; supply chain partners; e-supply chains; electronic supply chains; online supply chains; supply chain coordination; supply chain management; SCM; resource-based view; RBV; transaction cost economics; TCE; China; e-commerce; electronic commerce; coordination capability; firm performance; process performance; financial performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2012.046457

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 2012 Vol.10 No.3/4, pp.361 - 373

Available online: 08 Apr 2012 *

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