E-Business Standardization in the Automotive Sector: Role and Situation of SMEs

E-Business Standardization in the Automotive Sector: Role and Situation of SMEs

Martina Gerst (The University of Edinburgh, UK) and Kai Jakobs (Aachen University, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-056-1.ch141
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Abstract

Successful cooperation between large manufacturers and their suppliers is a crucial aspect, especially in the automotive industry. Such mutually beneficial cooperation requires at least a certain level of integration and interoperation of the partners’ IT and e-business systems. This chapter looks at two approaches in order to achieve this goal: sector-specific harmonization (in the form of electronic marketplaces) and international, committee-based standardization. This chapter shows that SMEs are facing a severe disadvantage in both cases. This is, however, less pronounced in a formal standards setting, in which capabilities of the individual representatives are more important, at least at the working level.

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