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Reengineering Supply Chain Management: An E-Commerce Approach

Reengineering Supply Chain Management: An E-Commerce Approach
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Author(s): M. Adam Mahmood (University of Texas at El Paso, USA), Adriano O. Solis (University of Texas at El Paso, USA) and Leopoldo Gemoets (University of Texas at El Paso, USA)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 3
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch077
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


The emergence of E-commerce technologies has created innumerable opportunities for businesses to develop and streamline their supply chains. Electronic data interchange (EDI) has been used to facilitate business-to-business communication and coordination among supply chain partners. The key to managing a supply chain, however, is to view it as a single entity—and not simply as a series of one-to-one links between firms along the chain. Accordingly, there are problems with the use of EDI in supply chain management (SCM). The benefits that E-commerce technologies have to offer towards developing and maintaining a truly holistic approach to SCM are now being realized. This paper first delves into problems with the use of EDI in SCM. The main thrust is to show how E-commerce technologies can help overcome these problems and effectively be used in SCM. It ends by identifying some managerial and technical issues corporations will face in order to e-enable their SCM.

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