Together We E-Export: Horizontal Cooperation Among Austrian Food Companies in Global Supply Chains and the Role of Electronic Business Tools

Vlachos, Ilias and Gutnik, Sandra (2016) Together We E-Export: Horizontal Cooperation Among Austrian Food Companies in Global Supply Chains and the Role of Electronic Business Tools. International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, 9 (1). pp. 17-40. ISSN 1935-5726

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/IJISSCM.2016010102

Abstract

This study examined the horizontal collaboration of small and medium companies (SMEs) in export food supply chains facilitated by the use of electronic business tools. A multi-case study of three best-practice Austrian food SMEs examined the practices of horizontal collaboration in global supply chain management. Then, a survey of Austrian food SMEs assessed the horizontal collaboration facilitators and inhibitors. Findings demonstrate that e-business tools foster the creation of virtual alliances and help SMEs to increase export sales to new and/or niche foreign markets. SMEs have limited resources to overcome obstacles like cost restrictions to use advanced yet expensive e-business tools, managing food safety risks in global supply chains, and meet legal requirements of international trade.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commerce; Electronic commerce; Food supply; International trade Austria; Electronic business; Global supply chain; Horizontal collaboration; Regional clusters; Small and medium enterprise
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 13:58
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016 13:58
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/25850

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