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Competing in the Digital Economy?: The Dynamics and Impacts of B2B E-commerce on the South African Manufacturing Sector

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This paper explores the current state of play and likely future direction of business-to-business electronic commerce in the South African manufacturing sector. The empirical evidence presented draws on 120 firm-level interviews, and 31 personal interviews with industry experts. The research findings highlight the fact that B2B e-commerce is in an inchoate stage of development in the South African manufacturing sector, with sociotechnical factors and contemporary market dynamics heavily influencing its evolutionary trajectory.

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  • Sagren Moodley, 2002. "Competing in the Digital Economy?: The Dynamics and Impacts of B2B E-commerce on the South African Manufacturing Sector," WIDER Working Paper Series DP2002-79, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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