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The Significance of Electronic Commerce to Firms' Operations in Relation to Business Location: an empirical investigation

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Title Statement The Significance of Electronic Commerce to Firms' Operations in Relation to Business Location: an empirical investigation
 
Added Entry - Uncontrolled Name Uchenna Eze
A. Lee Gilbert
 
Summary, etc. Globalization of production and increasing competition spurs greater business use of innovative information systems. As globalization extends its reach over cities and regions, the positions of those places within the emerging global paradigms of regional economies is changing. Only those regions and cities that can mobilize assets for local advantage would succeed. This research examines the implications of location for electronic commerce (EC) role in firm operations through the lens of managerial perceptions of EC systems, EC activities, agglomeration economies, firm-specific features and outputs relative to industry. The input-based view and industrial development frameworks provide the theoretical underpinning for this research. Fully completed instruments from 106 firms in Singapore and Lagos financial services sector, respectively, are the basis of our analysis. Our findings reveal varying results between industries across the two cities, supporting our propositions. Firms with well-configured EC systems are more likely to experience efficiency in EC activities and outputs, given conducive operational conditions. However, firm-specific features were not linked to output, a finding inconsistent with prior studies. Finally, EC business models that focus on operational efficiency strongly complement the historically relevant location variable in industrial operations. These findings provide basis for recommendations to policymakers, practitioners, and researchers.
 
Publication, Distribution, Etc. 2004-11-01
 
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http://dl.acs.org.au/index.php/ajis/article/view/106
 
Data Source Entry Australasian Journal of Information Systems; Vol 12, No 1 (2004)
 
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