EDI and cooperation in the supply chain: An empirical study in the Spanish automotive supply industry

Type de publication:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 4, Number 1, p.74-90 (2004)




This paper studies the determinants of electronic data interchange (EDI) adoption and use in the Spanish automotive supply industry and the moderation effect of cooperation within the supply chain. The empirical results indicate that EDI adopters perceive more operational benefits, more external pressure and mutual understanding, and less technical and organisational difficulties than do non-adopters. The use of EDI is greater among suppliers that perceive more strategic benefits and less cost and organisational difficulties, have a proactive management, are less dependent on suppliers, and adopt EDI earlier. Cooperation is a moderator of organisational difficulties for EDI adoption and use, and strategic benefits for EDI use.

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