Adoption of Internet-enabled Supply Chain Integration: Institutional and Cultural Perspectives

Hefu Liu, Weiling Ke, Kwok Kee Wei, Jibao Gu, Huaping Chen

Abstract


Fostering supply chain integration (SCI) via Internet technologies has been widely regarded as a critical factor for firm success. Internet-enabled SCI may help enhance firms’ capabilities in technology, product and market development, and thus allows firms to initiate or adapt to com-petitive changes in the market. Yet, the decision on Internet-enabled SCI is challenging due to the high uncertainties involved. Research on the antecedents of Internet-enabled SCI is of in-terest to both researchers and practitioners. Based on the view of upper echelons theory (UET), this research derives a syncretic model for firms’ adoption of Internet-enabled SCI by presenting senior executives’ cognitions as firms’ perceived institutional pressures, and senior executives’ values as firms’ organizational culture. Results from a survey show that institutional pressures and a culture that values organic process have a strong impact on firms' inclination toward In-ternet-enabled SCI. In addition, we find that institutional pressures and organizational culture have interaction effects on Internet-enabled SCI.

Keywords


Internet-enabled supply chain integration; Institutional pressures; Organizational culture; Upper echelons

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Liu, H., Ke, W., Wei, K. K., Gu, J., Chen, H. (2010). " Adoption of Internet-enabled Supply Chain Integration: Institutional and Cultural Perspectives "Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2(4), pp.29-50.