ارزش کسب و کار تجارت الکترونیک B2B : نقش مهم همکاری و مشارکت بین شرکت
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Volume 2, Issue 4, Winter 2003, Pages 350–361
B2B (business-to-business) electronic commerce provides firms with different business value depending on how organizations use the online network. In this paper, we distinguish two different types of B2B e-commerce adoption: basic and collaborative B2B e-commerce. With “basic B2B e-commerce”, firms implement the electronic network simply to automate the exchange of commercial documents. In contrast, B2B networks are used to create new inter-firm operations with channel partners in “collaborative B2B e-commerce.” The central claim of this paper is that firms are unlikely to achieve significant benefits with Basic B2B e-commerce. B2B electronic networks offer dramatic performance improvement only when the B2B network is used to create new collaboration with channel partners. Based on the survey conducted in the grocery industry, this study suggests that the real source of performance improvement in the B2B electronic commerce is not an electronic linkage itself, but the collaboration enabled by the electronic network.
As electronic linkages between supplier and customer value-chains become an increasingly important source of competitive advantage, business-to-business (B2B) electronic commerce has been rapidly growing all over the world. It is estimated that B2B online transactions will be more than 80% of the expected US$3 trillion EC (electronic commerce) market by 2003 (Economist, February 2000). Such a dramatic growth of the B2B electronic commerce has resulted from the rapid adoption of “Internet and web” technologies. Compared to traditional VAN (value-added networks)-based B2B e-commerce, Internet-based e-commerce provides firms with cheaper and easier network infrastructures to maintain. EDI (electronic data interchange), an enabler of B2B e-commerce, is regarded as an important source of competitive advantage. However, only 2% of the 6 million businesses in the USA (except for Fortune 1,000 firms) have implemented EDI . Not all companies, that have adopted the EDI technologies, do find significant performance improvements  and . While some firms had asserted that the economics of EDI were so compelling that EDI was rapidly becoming one of the “must do” applications, other organizations implementing EDI capabilities had indicated little or no impact of these systems on their organizational performance . This research aims to investigate why organizations fails to achieve significant results from the B2B electronic commerce despite of the rapid adoption of electronic links with channel partners. Internet-based inter-firm commerce is still early in the game. Thus one possible way to achieve our research goal is to obtain significant lessons from VAN-based EDI practices. EDI has been widely used for decades and have accumulated experiences on critical business factors necessary for successful B2B commerce. If the economic principles governing the B2B commerce remain unchanged regardless of the network infrastructure (whether it is Internet or VAN), experiences in traditional EDI practices can provide organizations with useful insights for Internet-based B2B commerce as well. When organizations develop electronic networks just to replace traditional communications means (such as postal mail or fax), the impacts of B2B exchanges on organizational performance would be limited. If firms implement the B2B commerce primarily to receive and send orders over electronic networks in an attempt to increase the speed and accuracy of order transfers between firms, they may fail to gain significant benefits from the B2B network. However, if companies establish electronic networks to create “collaborative commerce” with partner firms, the B2B commerce would offer much more significant productivity gains. In this study we distinguish “collaborative B2B commerce” from “basic B2B commerce.” The basic B2B commerce refers to sending or receiving order information without changes in inter-firm operations. In contrast, the collaborative B2B commerce goes beyond online document exchanges, indicating that organizations adopt the B2B network to establish new collaboration mechanisms with channel partners. Our hypothesis is that the collaborative B2B commerce would provide firms with much higher productivity gains than the basic B2B commerce does. In order to compare the effects of the “collaborative B2B commerce” with those of the “basic B2B commerce,” we investigate CRP (continuous replenishment process) innovations that can be regarded as new collaborative B2B e-commerce . In the US grocery industry, many retail firms have established B2B linkages with manufacturers to send and receive weekly orders. The B2B network for sending and receiving orders represents the basic B2B commerce. With new collaborative commerce (CRP), however, retailers no longer place orders with manufacturers. In CRP, retailers transmit information on retail sales and inventory levels at their warehouses through the B2B network. Using these data, manufacturers determine the quantity and timing of the product shipments needed to maintain adequate inventory levels at retail warehouses. CRP thus represents new collaborative B2B commerce between manufacturers and retailers since retailers effectively outsource procurement and inbound logistics decisions to manufacturers who become responsible for minimizing inventories and stockouts at their customer (retailer) warehouse. Survey data are used to demonstrate that the collaborative B2B commerce provides firms with much higher productivity gains than the basic B2B commerce. Most survey firms had used EDI and VAN when they introduced the B2B commerce. Many of them are recently switching their B2B network infrastructure to Internet and Web for cost savings. Thus, the survey results are relevant whatever network is used for the B2B commerce. This research demonstrates that the basic B2B commerce by itself does not alter significantly the level of operational interdependence between channel partners, while the collaborative B2B commerce tightly couples business processes and greatly increases inter-firm dependency between firms. We postulate that this difference in the level of interdependency and collaboration explains the performance difference between the basic and the collaborative B2B e-commerce.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
EDI networks represent the first phase of B2B electronic commerce and still serve as an important B2B commerce technology in many industries. According to the US Commerce Department, EDI supported some $3 trillion in economic activities across more than 250,000 US companies in 2000. Although we expect EDI transactions to have a long life, many companies recently adopt Internet-based B2B commerce as Internet is widely accepted as a global network infrastructure. Some firms even transfer their B2B platform from VAN-based EDI to web-based B2B commerce for cost savings. The central assumption for this study is that economic principles for inter-firm online transactions remain unchanged regardless of whatever networks are used for the B2B electronic commerce. Research results driven from EDI practices should be relevant for the Internet-based B2B commerce as well. The CRP innovation, used as an example of the collaborative B2B commerce in this study, was originally developed under VAN and EDI environments. However, many retail firms and manufacturers are switching their network infrastructure from VAN to Internet to take advantage of cheap and easy-to-maintain web technologies. The different effects between basic and collaborative B2B commerce should be valid even after the B2B network platform is switched to Internet. The contribution of this study lies in its separation of direct impacts of the B2B network from their indirect effects on organizational performance. By comparing the impact of B2B networks with and without collaboration, this research provides clear evidence that B2B networks should be used to establish new collaboration with chanel partners, rather than just to exchange business documents. The relationships between B2B network, inter-firm collaboration, and channel performance examined in this research are limited to a single industry context, so a broad generalization based on this study may be inappropriate. Nevertheless, the result of this study suggests significant business implications to channel partners in other industries. Many suppliers and buyers who implemented B2B networks are still unwilling to cooperate or share data because of the fear that such information sharing could weaken their negotiating position with their channel partners. Results of this research show that channel partners can realize maximum payoffs from B2B electronic commerce only when they share information and increase their interdependency with channel partners.