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Journal Article

E‑Supply Chain Coordination and SME Performance: An Empirical Investigation  pp76-84

Dr Rui Bi

© Nov 2017 Volume 20 Issue 2, Editor: Shaun Pather, pp59 - 147

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of key antecedents from technology‑organization‑environment contexts on developing e‑supply chain coordination capability in the small‑to‑medium enterprise (SME) context. Using data from 271 SMEs in Australia, we find that e‑supply chain coordination is driven by IT infrastructure, business partnerships, and customer power. In addition, SMEs with strong e‑supply chain coordination capability can achieve outstanding business performance. This study provides an empirical evidence to understand the relationships between these antecedents, e‑supply chain coordination capability, and SME performance. These findings suggest that e‑business practice is one of key factors that contribute to SME success. SME managers should understand how to utilize internal and external resources to develop e‑business competences in order to achieve business goals.

 

Keywords: E-Supply Chain Coordination, SME Performance, Technology-Organization-Environment Framework, Resource-based View of the Firms

 

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The Impact of IT‑Business Alignment on SME Performance: The Mediating Effects of Strategic Collaboration, Coordination, and Responsiveness  pp112-125

Rui Bi

© Feb 2020 Volume 23 Issue 1, Editor: Prof Shaun Pather, pp1 - 167

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The alignment between information technology (IT) and business strategy is regarded as an ongoing issue for information systems (IS) researchers and practitioners. Although prior studies suggest the enabling role of IT‑business alignment on firm performance, our understanding of the processes through which such gains are achieved in the small‑to‑medium enterprise (SME) context still remains unclear. Moreover, there is limited research exporing how SMEs employ the alignment between IT and business strategy to work closely with their business partners in order to achieve business competences. In order to address these research gaps, this study investigates whether and how IT‑business alignment enables SMEs to achieve performance goals through developing strategic business activities effectively and efficiently. Using structural equation modelling analyses of survey responses collected from 211 Australian high growth SMEs, we find positive, significant, and impactful linkages between IT‑business alignment, strategic collaboration, coordination, responsiveness, and SME performance. The results also show that strategic collaboration, coordination, and responsiveness fully mediate the relationship between IT‑business alignment and SME performance. This study contributes to the IS research by providing empirically‑supported explanations for the critical role of IT‑business alignment in SME success. More significantly, through investigating the effect of IT‑business alignment at the inter‑mediate business process level, this research provides new insights to understand the underlying influential mechanisms of IT‑business alignment in the SME context. These findings have important implications for SME business managers.

 

Keywords: IT-business Alignment, Strategic Collaboration, Coordination, Responsiveness, SME Performance

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 20 Issue 2 / Nov 2017  pp59‑147

Editor: Shaun Pather

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Editorial

 

Keywords: information quality, system quality, service quality, satisfaction, high information intensity, banking sector, E-Supply Chain Coordination, SME Performance, Technology-Organization-Environment Framework, Resource-based View of the Firms, health information systems, information systems integration, interoperability, E-commerce, Jordan, Awareness, Payment, Partial Awareness, Full Awareness, Awareness of Products, Services, Awareness of Brand, Awareness of Delivery, E-commerce processes, Awareness evaluation, attitude certainty, processing fluency, web evaluation, online data collection, tool design, instrument, Networking Sites, Online Social Networking, Facebook, MySpace, Firm, Organization

 

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