Streamlining information flows across the physical supply chain is crucial for successful supply chain management. This study examines different structures of e-networks (i.e., virtual supply chains linked via electronic information and communication technologies) and their maximum capabilities to gain e-network benefits. Further, this research explores four levels of e-network integration based on a 2x2 e-network technology and transaction integration matrix. Of the four levels, an e-network with high e-technology/high e-transaction integration appears to be most desirable for the companies that aspire to achieve the maximum benefits from their IT investments. Finally, this study identifies three alternative transformation paths toward a powerful high e-technology/high e-transaction integration network and discusses strategic implications of selecting those paths, in terms of e-network structures, availability of financial and technical resources, supply chain members' collaborative planning, esecurity mechanisms, and supply chain size. Copyright

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International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Sprott School of Business

Jun, M. (Minjoon), Cai, S, & Kim, D. (DaeSoo). (2008). The strategic implications of E-Network integration and transformation paths for synchronizing supply chains. International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, 1(4), 39–59. doi:10.4018/jisscm.2008100103