Ships & Roses: A Revelatory Case Study of Affordances in International Trade

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    International trade involves crossing several organizational boundaries. This revelatory case study follows fresh cut roses’ journey from the growers in Kenya to the retail distribution in Holland and shows relatively high barriers related to the associated activities, information and documents, etc. Our empirical findings reveal the serious limitation that existing inter-organizational system (IOS) only facilitates actor-to-actor information forwarding in a communication chain of peer-to-peer communication along the supply chain and has no provision for persistent and simultaneous exchange of information between multiple actors. To address this limitation, we conducted a comparative analysis of affordances of the existing vs. future inter-organizational information systems with a focus on sharing critical information. Our extended analysis shows that modern IT features supporting affordances could be useful for the actors’ collaboration in the trade lane of the roses. We discuss some of the benefits of our proposed approach (e.g. lower transaction cost and real time information) but also raise some concerns (e.g. about trust and governance) which calls for further research.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelECIS 2015 Proceedings
    RedaktørerJörg Becker, Jan vom Brocke, Marco De Marco
    Antal sider18
    UdgivelsesstedAtlanta, GA
    ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publikationsdato2015
    Artikelnummer88
    ISBN (Trykt)9783000502842
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2015
    BegivenhedThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015 - Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Tyskland
    Varighed: 26 maj 201529 maj 2015
    Konferencens nummer: 23
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    Konference

    KonferenceThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015
    Nummer23
    LokationWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    LandTyskland
    ByMünster
    Periode26/05/201529/05/2015
    Internetadresse
    NavnProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems
    ISSN0000-0034

    Emneord

    • Inter-organizational systems
    • International trade
    • Activity framework theory
    • Affordances
    • Information Infrastructure
    • Supply chain analysis

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