• Posted Jan. 10, 2018

How to benefit from your supply chain partners' information?

Study: Interorganizational dependence, information transparency in interorganizational information systems, and supply chain performance


Information technology enables supply-chain partners to share information, thereby fostering supply-chain performance. However, only a few organizations fully exploit their supply-chain partners’ information resources, leading to a large gap between the potential and practice of inter-organizational information systems. This study asks why only a few organizations benefit from their partners’ information.

How it was studied:

The authors interviewed 111 suppliers to determine their dependence, information transparency, relationship quality, relationship-specific performance, inter-organizational trust, inter-organizational information systems integration, and joint governance structure. They used partial least squares (PLS) to analyze the data.

Take away:

In examining the relationships among asymmetry in the degree to which partners depend on each other, information transparency, and supply-chain performance, this study provides some important suggestions:

  • Supply-chain partners would benefit from information-sharing by forming interdependent relationships using inter-organizational information systems.
  • Information-sharing behavior depends on the level of interdependence between the supply-chain partners involved.
  • Increasing interdependence between supply-chain partners increases information transparency.
  • Information transparency positively influences relationship quality, but asymmetric information transparency negatively influences joint profit.

Bangho Cho

Bangho Cho is a Ph.D. student of Graduate School of Information at Yonsei University, Korea. He has worked as an IT consultant in the IT Service Industry over 20 years. His research interests are in the areas of digital business, IT-enabled supply chain management, and knowledge management.

Sung Yul Ryoo

Sung Yul Ryoo is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Administration at Daejin University, Korea. His research interests are in the area of knowledge management, supply chain management, and digital business. He has published his research works in journals such as Omega, Journal of Business Research, Computers in Human Behavior, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, etc.

Kyung Kyu Kim

Kyung Kyu Kim is a professor of Information Systems at Yonsei University, Korea and an adjunct professor at Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, USA. His current research interests include digital business, IT-enabled supply chain management, and digital transformation. He has published his research works in MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Accounting Review, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Omega, etc.

Publication Details

  • Authors:Bangho Cho
  •  Sung Yul Ryoo
  •  Kyung Kyu Kim
  • Categories: Information Systems
  • Link: https://www.tandf...

European Journal of Information Systems
  • Year: 2017
  • Volume: 26
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 185-205

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