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Understanding Supply Chain Integration: A Connectivity and Willingness Perspective
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Information and Communication technology (ICT) supported Supply Chain Management has been acknowledged by the literature to help corporations adapt to challenges posed by an increasingly globalised marketplace. However ICT-managers have in many cases not seen the positive effects expected from the investment in new technologies. This has by some been attributed to the lack of investigation into the supply chain partners’ ability to be integrated with based on the concepts of connectivity and willingness. In this paper I adapt these notions and apply them to empirical data gathered through a case-study of a corporation in the Swedish forestry industry. The aim of the paper is to understand how willingness and connectivity can help explain the level of integration in the existing supply chains in a wide array of customers from local to global. As a result a model is presented that confirms connectivity and willingness as contributing factors for integration with all customers but one moving in the direction of higher forms of ICT-supported collaboration.

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2011. , 24 p.
Informatik Student Paper Bachelor (INFSPB), SPB 2011.14
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Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45830OAI: diva2:435198
Educational program
Programmet för Systemvetenskap
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-08-17 Created: 2011-08-17 Last updated: 2011-08-18Bibliographically approved

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