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EDI in Germany and the UK: strategic and operational use

Reekers, N. and Smithson, S. (1994) EDI in Germany and the UK: strategic and operational use. European Journal of Information Systems, 3 (3). pp. 169-178. ISSN 0960-085x

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Identification Number: 10.1057/ejis.1994.18


Although the strategic aspects of EDI have been emphasised in the literature, there has been a lack of supporting empirical evidence. This paper describes an empirical study of the adoption and use of EDI in organizations in Germany and the UK. The findings suggest that although companies were motivated by both operational and strategic factors, in practice they have been more successful in realising operational benefits. The findings support an evolutionary view of EDI, where strategic gains are more likely to be found in the later stages of EDI usage. Most of the responding organizations seemed to be in an introductory stage, while some were in an interim stage, where some strategic benefits were being accumulated.

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Additional Information: © 1994 Palgrave Macmillan
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 15:18
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:35

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