Title: Feasibility study of implementing electronic commerce in petrochemical industries with a case study

Authors: Mohammad Reza Dalvand; Ali Nejat; Maziyar Nouraee; Ali Mohabati Jahromi; Mohammad Hadi Zohdi

Addresses: Young Researchers and Elite Club, Abade Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O. Box 73919-55955, Abade, Iran ' Kavar Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O. Box 73461-79114, Kavar, Iran ' UPC, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech, Spain ' Zahedshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O. Box 74158-44465, Zahedshahr, Iran ' Zahedshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O. Box 74158-44465, Zahedshahr, Iran

Abstract: Fast and increasing growth of electronic commerce (e-commerce) in developed countries and its resulting competitive advantages mean that those countries should revise dramatically their trade and commercial strategies and policies. Regarding the importance of petrochemical industry in Iran, the current paper studies the feasibility of implementing the e-commerce system in Isfahan's petrochemical unit. The statistical population of the study includes 29 senior managers and experts of the petrochemical industries. In the present research, senior managers and experts' opinions on feasibility have been examined and some feedbacks have resulted in from the opinions. The current research concludes that the organisation under study does not have favourable state either in software or in hardware. Implementation of the e-commerce system in petrochemical industries would reduce the average value of the transaction costs.

Keywords: electronic trading; electronic commerce; information exchange; feasibility studies; information technology; virtual shopping; computer networks; electronic banking; e-commerce law; e-trading; e-banking; Iran; Isfahan; online trading; petrochemical industry; case study; transaction costs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2014.064568

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2014 Vol.17 No.2, pp.248 - 259

Published online: 27 Aug 2014 *

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