Technological Challenges and Issues Facing E-Partnerships

Technological Challenges and Issues Facing E-Partnerships

Fang Zhao (RMIT, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-788-1.ch004
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Abstract

As discussed in the previous chapters, e-partnerships have a number of advantages and benefits that can help organizations sustain and achieve their organizational goals in today’s e-business world. “The rewards of a happy union can be both substantial and satisfying. But, just like marriage, the failure rate is alarmingly high” (Seligman, 2001, p. 34). Partnering companies often face the challenges of sharing customer information; integrating business, IT processes and systems; and aligning business models. As e-partnership has gained momentum, the difficult question posed to managers is not why e-partnerships are necessary, but how to make them work. Like e-business and e-commerce, e-partnership faces a range of issues relating to the use of Internet and IT technologies as well as the reliance on inter-organizational interfaces. The rapid development and advance of information and Internet technologies have triggered a whole range of possibilities for integration and alignment of systems among e-partners and supply chain members. For example, the partnership between Exostar (an e-marketplace) and Federation (a software provider) provides trading partners of the e-marketplace with opportunities to securely exchange information in the key design and manufacturing process. Coordination of product data information including product engineering data both internally and across the supply chain is made possible in the Exostar e-marketplace. With Federation’s software, Exostar’s customers are able to securely and inexpensively interconnect and share engineering product data from their Product Data/Lifecycle Management (PDM/PLM) system with their partners and suppliers (Withrow & Brock, 2004).

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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
Fang Zhao
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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