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Issues Influencing Use Of Electronic Data Interchange Technology: An Empirical Study

  • Charles A. Watts
  • Patrick T. Hogan
  • Mark D. Treleven
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    To compete effectively in todayÕs global marketplace, a company must have a competitive supply chain. A competitive supply chain requires an ability to communicate rapidly and accurately. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is one method that world class organizations have successfully used to improve the communication of orders and design changes. However, the growth in use of EDI has been much slower than projected. This article discusses the results of a survey to identify some of the barriers to the use of EDI and some possible methods to overcome those barriers. The results of this study show that organizational resistance to change is lower for EDI users than for nonusers. The results further indicate that awareness of technical issues is higher for EDI users. Suggestions regarding how to help overcome the barriers to using high technology innovations such as EDI are provided.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal American Journal of Business.

    Volume (Year): 13 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 7-14

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:ajbpps:v:13:y:1998:i:2:p:7-14
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