Title: The state of empirical research on the adoption and diffusion of business-to-business e-commerce

Authors: Ismail Sila

Addresses: Girne American University, P.O. Box 388, Kyrenia, Cyprus

Abstract: The objective of this study is to analyse previous research on the adoption and diffusion of business-to-business electronic commerce (B2B EC). The study focuses on case- and survey-based empirical research. We identified a total of 197 relevant studies and classified them using several categories. An analysis of these studies enabled us to discover a variety of issues in B2B EC adoption and diffusion research with respect to research objectives and methodologies, use of theory, adoption and diffusion factors, and B2B EC-performance relationships. We made a number of recommendations for future research in each of these areas.

Keywords: business-to-business; B2B e-commerce; electronic commerce; supply chain management; SCM; information technology; e-commerce adoption; e-commerce diffusion; firm performance; empirical research; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2015.071386

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2015 Vol.12 No.3, pp.258 - 301

Accepted: 20 Dec 2014
Published online: 23 Aug 2015 *

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