Regional Adoption of Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce in China: Role of E-Readiness

Tan, D.J. and Ludwig, S. 2016. Regional Adoption of Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce in China: Role of E-Readiness . International Journal of Electronic Commerce. 20 (3), pp. 408-439. doi:10.1080/10864415.2016.1122438

TitleRegional Adoption of Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce in China: Role of E-Readiness
AuthorsTan, D.J. and Ludwig, S.
Abstract

Adoption of B2B e-commerce is a powerful driver of economic success in developed and developing countries. However, adoption rates in developing countries lag far behind. This paper draws on the Perceived eReadiness Model and research on the influence of inter-organizational relationships and economic-cultural contexts to explain the importance of three factors—inter-organizational power dependence, cooperativeness, and regional economic-cultural differences—for achieving higher levels of Internet-based Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the developing country of China. We employ survey data to empirically test both the individual and joint influence of these factors. The findings suggest that beyond intra-organizational and external factors, managers and policy makers wanting to promote Internet-based EDI adoption in developing countries must also account for the inter-organizational relationships of firms and the economic and cultural circumstances of the regions in which they operate.

KeywordsB2B e-commerce adoption, Internet-based EDI, developing country, PERM, inter-organizational relationships, economic-cultural context.
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Commerce
Journal citation20 (3), pp. 408-439
ISSN1086-4415
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/10864415.2016.1122438
Publication dates
Published06 Apr 2016

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