A Supplier Portal in the Automotive Industry

A Supplier Portal in the Automotive Industry

Martina Gerst
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-989-2.ch163
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The use of Internet technologies and particularly portal technologies facilitate the creation of networks of relationships within the supply chain that provide organizations with access to key strategic resources that could not have been otherwise obtained (Venkatraman, 2000). As a result, portals appear to play a significant role in the business-to-business (B2B) arena. Even before the advent of the Internet, the use of information technology (IT) has been claimed to lead to a tighter coupling between buyer and supplier organizations (Malone, Yates, & Benjamin, 1987), allowing business partners to integrate their various business processes and enabling the formation of vast networks of intra- and inter-organisational relationships (Venkatraman, 1991). Nevertheless, such claimed integration effects require interoperability between IT systems, which can not be achieved in the absence of common IT standards or at least common IT infrastructure.

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