Quotation Hoppe, Mirko, Schramm, Hans-Joachim. 2004. Use of Interorganisational Systems - An Empirical Analysis. Diskussionsbeiträge aus dem Institut für Wirtschaft und Verkehr, No. 1/2004.




Electronic linkages between organisations enabled by interorganisational information systems (IOS) such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Internet-based applications or cargo community systems are becoming increasingly important. Recently, many studies have examined the impact of electronic integration in logistics chains. However, there is a need to examine which factors on the perceived level of an interorganisational partnership are important for the management of information systems. We extend further the information processing model based on Galbraith [1] and Bensaou and Venkatraman [2] in a logistics network context. Their theoretical concept gives some explanations about a fit between information processing requirements, as determined in partnership design, and the information processing capabilities realised in information systems. This was further explored conducting a survey amongst German network organisations of freight forwarders in groupage service or contract logistics as a starting point because of their common usage of di®erent interorganisational information systems. Surprisingly, our study shows only a slight in°uence of interorganisational tasks on the management of information systems. Moreover, our findings suggest that employment of IOS across ¯rms observed is limited by structural factors (i.e. asset speci¯city) and nature of interorganisational relationship (i.e. trust, power). These factors are positively associated with satisfaction about information systems usage an nd performance. Key Words: interorganisational information systems, information processing model, co-operation, logistics networks, freight forwarder networks. An earlier version of the article was presented at NOFOMA 2004 - 16th Annual Conference for Nordic Researchers in Logistics, Linkjoping (Sweden)


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Use of Interorganisational Systems - An Empirical Analysis
Title of whole publication Diskussionsbeiträge aus dem Institut für Wirtschaft und Verkehr, No. 1/2004
Year 2004
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10419/22698


Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
Hoppe, Mirko (Germany)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
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