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Role of information systems on the business network formation process: an empirical analysis of the automotive sector

Rafael Lapiedra (Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration and Marketing at the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)
Steve Smithson (Senior Lecturer in the Information Systems Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK)
Joaquín Alegre (Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration and Marketing at the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)
Ricardo Chiva (Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration and Marketing at the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

ISSN: 1741-0398

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

The conditions of change and complexity that characterise the new environment are forcing companies to adopt more flexible organizational structures that allow a quicker adaptation to these continuous changes. States that there are very few companies with enough resources to form their own value chain. Opines this is one of the reasons why the establishment of collaborative agreements among companies seems to be one of the most interesting alternatives in order to complement one another's deficiencies. The formation process of a cooperative business network is analysed, identifying two principal stages: trial and integration. Through an analysis of the network formation process in a case study concerning the Spanish automotive sector, particular issues are identified that characterise the two stages of the process. Shows clearly that the role of information technology and information systems in this situation is very much one of a facilitator.

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Lapiedra, R., Smithson, S., Alegre, J. and Chiva, R. (2004), "Role of information systems on the business network formation process: an empirical analysis of the automotive sector", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 219-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410390410531461

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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