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

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    Abstract

    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.
    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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECIS 2015 Proceedings
    EditorsJörg Becker, Jan vom Brocke, Marco De Marco
    Number of pages18
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Date2015
    Article number88
    ISBN (Print)9783000502842
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2015
    EventThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015 - Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
    Duration: 26 May 201529 May 2015
    Conference number: 23
    http://www.ecis2015.eu/

    Conference

    ConferenceThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015
    Number23
    LocationWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    CountryGermany
    CityMünster
    Period26/05/201529/05/2015
    Internet address
    SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems
    ISSN0000-0034

    Keywords

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

    Cite this

    Jensen, T., & Vatrapu, R. (2015). Ships & Roses: A Revelatory Case Study of Affordances in International Trade. In J. Becker, J. vom Brocke, & M. De Marco (Eds.), ECIS 2015 Proceedings [88] Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems, DOI: 10.18151/7217370
    Jensen, Thomas ; Vatrapu, Ravi. / Ships & Roses : A Revelatory Case Study of Affordances in International Trade. ECIS 2015 Proceedings. editor / Jörg Becker ; Jan vom Brocke ; Marco De Marco. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2015. (Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems).
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    Jensen, T & Vatrapu, R 2015, Ships & Roses: A Revelatory Case Study of Affordances in International Trade. in J Becker, J vom Brocke & M De Marco (eds), ECIS 2015 Proceedings., 88, Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), Atlanta, GA, Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems, Münster, Germany, 26/05/2015. DOI: 10.18151/7217370

    Ships & Roses : A Revelatory Case Study of Affordances in International Trade. / Jensen, Thomas; Vatrapu, Ravi.

    ECIS 2015 Proceedings. ed. / Jörg Becker; Jan vom Brocke; Marco De Marco. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2015. 88.

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    Jensen T, Vatrapu R. Ships & Roses: A Revelatory Case Study of Affordances in International Trade. In Becker J, vom Brocke J, De Marco M, editors, ECIS 2015 Proceedings. Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). 2015. 88. (Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems). Available from, DOI: 10.18151/7217370