Title: Purdue's RFID supply chain for e-pedigree compliance: applying the technology-organisation-environment (TOE) framework

Authors: Rebecca Angeles

Addresses: Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick Fredericton, PO Box 4400, #308B Tilley Hall, 7 Macauley Lane, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A3, Canada

Abstract: The adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) is expected to pick up speed in the pharmaceutical industry as the US Government has imposed a regulation requiring the generation of pedigrees or a historical record of the movement of prescription drugs through different supply chain nodes. 'Electronic' pedigrees require the use of electronic means to establish these records of custody. RFID is perceived to be a leading and promising technology for accelerating e-pedigree deployment among prescription drug firms. This study uses Tornatzky and Fleischer's (1990) technology-organisation-environment (TOE) theoretical framework to analyse and understand Purdue pharmaceutical's RFID implementation to meet the e-pedigree requirement.

Keywords: radio frequency identification; RFID; supply chain management; SCM; technology-organisation-environment; TOE framework; pharmaceutical industry; electronic pedigrees; e-pedigree compliance; historical records; prescription drugs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2012.048338

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2012 Vol.10 No.4, pp.447 - 480

Published online: 16 Aug 2014 *

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