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Studies on the Utilization of Electronic Trading Systems in Supply Chain Management

Jouni Kauremaa

Doctoral dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology to be presented with due permission of the Faculty of Information and Natural Sciences for public examination and debate in Auditorium T2 at the Aalto University School of Science and Technology (Espoo, Finland) on the 31st of May 2010 at 12 noon.

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Innovations in information technology, Internet-technology in particular, have provided a significant new potential to exchange data beyond organizational boundaries and reduce the costs of interorganizational supply chain management. Furthermore, modern e-business standards, such as the RosettaNet, have been proposed as key enablers of efficient and flexible operational linkages between trading partners in the supply chain. This dissertation investigates three overall research questions: (1) how do companies utilize electronic trading systems in supply chain management; (2) what kinds of benefits do electronic trading systems provide in supply chain management; and (3) what is the role of newer e-business standards in supply chain management. The dissertation is a compilation of four individual studies reported as four peer-reviewed publications.

Firstly, on RQ1 the dissertation finds that (1) electronic trading system utilization realizes on two levels: relationship mode (unilateral or bilateral) and technical design (function, architecture, automation, and communication standards and networks) and that (2) effective utilization of electronic trading systems is characterized by differentiation over transaction instances (partner and task combinations). Secondly, on RQ2 the dissertation finds that (1) cooperative, operational, and commercial supply chain integration are distinct results of electronic trading system utilization in supply chain management and that (2) unilateral adjustments supplement benefit generation from electronic trading system utilization. Finally, on RQ3 the dissertation finds that (1) the RosettaNet e-business standard does not fully compensate for the weaknesses of older EDI-based e-business standards and that (2) dyad-level application of e-business standards calls for dyadic adjustments amongst the trading partners. The dissertation contributes to understanding on how to effectively utilize contemporary electronic trading systems in supply chain management.

This thesis consists of an overview and of the following 4 publications:

  1. Jaana Auramo, Jouni Kauremaa, and Kari Tanskanen. 2005. Benefits of IT in supply chain management: an explorative study of progressive companies. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, volume 35, number 2, pages 82-100. doi:10.1108/09600030510590282.
  2. Jouni Kauremaa, Johanna Småros, and Jan Holmström. 2009. Patterns of vendor-managed inventory: findings from a multiple-case study. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, volume 29, number 11, pages 1109-1139. doi:10.1108/01443570911000159.
  3. Jouni Kauremaa, Mikko Kärkkäinen, and Timo Ala-Risku. 2009. Customer initiated interorganizational information systems: The operational impacts and obstacles for small and medium sized suppliers. International Journal of Production Economics, volume 119, number 2, pages 228-239. doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2009.02.007. © 2009 Elsevier. By permission.
  4. Jouni Kauremaa, Juha-Miikka Nurmilaakso, and Kari Tanskanen. 2010. E-business enabled operational linkages: The role of RosettaNet in integrating the telecommunications supply chain. International Journal of Production Economics, volume 127, number 2, pages 343-357. doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2009.08.024. © 2009 Elsevier. By permission.

Keywords: electronic trading systems, interorganizational information systems, supply chain management, supply chain integration, electronic data interchange, RosettaNet

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