Purchasing consortia and electronic markets: a procurement direction in integrated supply chain management

Bernd Huber, Edward Sweeney, Austin Smyth

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In supply chain management literature, there has been little empirical research investigation on purchasing consortium issues focusing on a detailed analysis of information and communication (ICT) based procurement strategies. Based on the exploration of academic literature and two surveys among purchasing organisations as well as e-Marketplaces / procurement service providers (PSPs) in the automotive and electronics industry sectors, the research methodology follows a positivistic approach in order to assess the overall statement: ‘Effective participation in electronic purchasing consortia (EPC) can have the potential to enhance competitive advantage. Implementation therefore requires a clear and detailed understanding of the major process structures and drivers, based upon thetechnology-organisation-environment framework.’ Key factors and structures that affect the adoption and diffusion of EPC and the performance impact of adoption are investigated. The empirically derived model for EPC can be a valuable starting point to EPC research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-294
Number of pages11
JournalElectronic Markets
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Electronic markets on 2004, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10196780412331311739


  • e-procurement
  • electronic purchasing consortia
  • demand aggregation
  • supply chain management


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