IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Evolutionary patterns in e-business strategy

Listed author(s):
  • Raffaella Cagliano
  • Federico Caniato
  • Ruggero Golini
  • Matteo Kalchschmidt


  • Gianluca Spina
Registered author(s):

    In 2003 we investigated the level of adoption of e-business by manufacturing firms in Europe, identifying four strategies and analyzing them in terms of contingent factors and supply chain integration mechanisms. In this paper we replicate those analyses using the new release of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS IV), comparing new results with old ones. Data collected in Europe within IMSS III and IMSS IV are used. In particular, we cluster companies according to e-business practices adopted in supply chain management and compare the degree of adoption of e-business in the two samples. A longitudinal analysis using data from companies participating to both editions of the survey is also conducted. We show that the main underlying constructs remain valid, with a higher average level of adoption of e-business tools, but the four cluster model is no more valid, while three clusters emerge, characterized by different levels of adoption of e-business, but balanced between e- commerce and e-procurement. The paper shows that also small and medium firms in various industries today are starting adopting e-business. Results show that a balanced, cautious approach is preferred to radical adoptions, since some firms have even reduced their initial efforts.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by Department of Economics and Technology Management, University of Bergamo in its series Working Papers with number 0713.

    in new window

    Date of creation: 2007
    Handle: RePEc:brh:wpaper:0713
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    viale Marconi 5, 24044 Dalmine

    Phone: 0352052341
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:brh:wpaper:0713. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (University of Bergamo Library)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.