Avocados Crossing Borders: The Missing Common Information Infrastructure for International Trade

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    Resumé

    This paper address indirect global interactions that involve collaboration across continents involving different cultures, languages, technologies and nations. Specifically, we are concerned with analyzing international trade of avocados from trees in Africa to grocery store shelves in the European Union. The methodology of the paper is a revelatory case study of a particular trade lane from Kenya to The Netherlands. Drawing on Activity Theory Framework and theories on Information Infrastructures, we provide an analysis of the complex inter-organizational systems and infrastructures involved in the selected case of international trade, identify critical issues in information flows, and propose ideas for design principles for a new information infrastructures for international trade. Our analysis shows that the existing infrastructure can be described as very fragmented and grossly ineffective. Our findings indicate that the implementation of a common integrated information infrastructure could significantly contribute to reducing costs especially by speeding up processes, by providing transparency in the flow and reducing the lead time for international trade of fruit and vegetables. Further, the description format developed for this case can be useful for visualizing and analyzing other supply chains involving collaborations across borders.
    This paper address indirect global interactions that involve collaboration across continents involving different cultures, languages, technologies and nations. Specifically, we are concerned with analyzing international trade of avocados from trees in Africa to grocery store shelves in the European Union. The methodology of the paper is a revelatory case study of a particular trade lane from Kenya to The Netherlands. Drawing on Activity Theory Framework and theories on Information Infrastructures, we provide an analysis of the complex inter-organizational systems and infrastructures involved in the selected case of international trade, identify critical issues in information flows, and propose ideas for design principles for a new information infrastructures for international trade. Our analysis shows that the existing infrastructure can be described as very fragmented and grossly ineffective. Our findings indicate that the implementation of a common integrated information infrastructure could significantly contribute to reducing costs especially by speeding up processes, by providing transparency in the flow and reducing the lead time for international trade of fruit and vegetables. Further, the description format developed for this case can be useful for visualizing and analyzing other supply chains involving collaborations across borders.
    SprogEngelsk
    TitelCABS '14. Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration across Boundaries : Culture, Distance & Technology
    RedaktørerNaomi Yamashita, Vanessa Evers, Carolyn Rosé, Mary Beth Watson-Manheim
    Udgivelses stedNew York
    ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Dato2014
    Sider15-24
    ISBN (Trykt)9781450325578
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2014
    BegivenhedThe 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration Across Boundaries (CABS 2014): Culture, Distance & Technology - Kyoto, Japan
    Varighed: 20 aug. 201422 aug. 2014
    Konferencens nummer: 5
    http://cabs.acm.org/2014/

    Konference

    KonferenceThe 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration Across Boundaries (CABS 2014)
    Nummer5
    LandJapan
    ByKyoto
    Periode20/08/201422/08/2014
    Internetadresse

    Emneord

    • International trade
    • Information infrastructure
    • Activity theory

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    Jensen, T., Bjørn-Andersen, N., & Vatrapu, R. (2014). Avocados Crossing Borders: The Missing Common Information Infrastructure for International Trade. I N. Yamashita, V. Evers, C. Rosé, & M. B. Watson-Manheim (red.), CABS '14. Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology (s. 15-24). New York: Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/2631488.2631500
    Jensen, Thomas ; Bjørn-Andersen, Niels ; Vatrapu, Ravi. / Avocados Crossing Borders : The Missing Common Information Infrastructure for International Trade. CABS '14. Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology. red. / Naomi Yamashita ; Vanessa Evers ; Carolyn Rosé ; Mary Beth Watson-Manheim. New York : Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. s. 15-24
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    CABS '14. Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology. red. / Naomi Yamashita; Vanessa Evers; Carolyn Rosé; Mary Beth Watson-Manheim. New York : Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. s. 15-24.

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    Jensen T, Bjørn-Andersen N, Vatrapu R. Avocados Crossing Borders: The Missing Common Information Infrastructure for International Trade. I Yamashita N, Evers V, Rosé C, Watson-Manheim MB, red., CABS '14. Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 2014. s. 15-24. Tilgængelig fra, DOI: 10.1145/2631488.2631500