E-Business Supply Chains and E-Partnerships

E-Business Supply Chains and E-Partnerships

Fang Zhao (RMIT, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-788-1.ch002
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Abstract

In today’s business world, most companies operate within an integrated system, or a network of organizations of upstream suppliers and downstream customers that produce and distribute products and services. It is estimated that about 60% to 70% of today’s transactions in any company are completed in the supply chain (Bovel & Martha, 2000). E-partnership in the supply chain is, therefore, the focus of this chapter. This author argues that e-partnership provides a powerful and transformative means for supply chain management to achieve its objectives through extended relationships and enhanced information technologies. The rationale for the argument is that an e-partnering supply chain can lead to greater business opportunities, better integration of suppliers and vendors, better management information, lower operational costs, better market understanding and expanded geographical coverage. Therefore, a partnership approach to the supply chain provides significant opportunities to maximize bottom line results. Helping to better understand the broader operational context of e-partnerships, this chapter explores the recent development of the supply chain, specifically, electronic and e-business supply chain and its interfaces with e-partnerships. The chapter presents a broader comprehensive view of the landscape in which e-partnership prevails and the role it plays in the e-business arena.

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Dedication
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Fang Zhao
In the past decade, many significant changes have affected the business environment, including globalization of economies, the fast growth of... Sample PDF
Overview of E-Partnerships: Definitions and Patterns
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Chapter 2
Fang Zhao
In today’s business world, most companies operate within an integrated system, or a network of organizations of upstream suppliers and downstream... Sample PDF
E-Business Supply Chains and E-Partnerships
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Chapter 3
Fang Zhao
Now that the Internet bubble has seemingly burst, the days are gone when anyone with Internet and IT knowledge can run a successful e-business. Like... Sample PDF
E-Partnership Strategy and Structure
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Chapter 4
Fang Zhao
As discussed in the previous chapters, e-partnerships have a number of advantages and benefits that can help organizations sustain and achieve their... Sample PDF
Technological Challenges and Issues Facing E-Partnerships
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Chapter 5
Fang Zhao
Today, partnerships and alliances have proliferated and become a key corporate strategy to gain competitive advantage. However, studies show that... Sample PDF
How to Make E-Partnerships Work: Human and Cultural
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Chapter 6
Fang Zhao
The previous chapters have included a comprehensive discussion of general issues concerning e-partnership management from both technology and people... Sample PDF
Successes and Failures in E-Partnering: Multiple Case Studies
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Chapter 7
Fang Zhao
The dotcom crash and the following 3-year economic downturn saw hundreds of Internet startups closed down or sold. However, many of the innovations... Sample PDF
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Through E-Partnering
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Chapter 8
Fang Zhao
The ongoing success of e-partnership requires the constant monitoring and measuring of its progress and outcomes. Many companies rushed into... Sample PDF
A Balanced Scorecard Approach to Monitoring and Evaluating E-Partnerships
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Chapter 9
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As demonstrated in this book, e-partnerships have significantly improved the efficiency of e-businesses and the supply chain. The collaboration... Sample PDF
The Future of E-Business and E-Partnerships
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Appendices
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