Studies on the utilization of electronic trading systems in supply chain management

Jouni Kauremaa

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles


Innovations in information technology, Internet-technology in particular, have provided a significant new potential to exchange data beyond organizational boundaries and reduce the costs of interorganizational supply chain management. Furthermore, modern e-business standards, such as the RosettaNet, have been proposed as key enablers of efficient and flexible operational linkages between trading partners in the supply chain. This dissertation investigates three overall research questions: (1) how do companies utilize electronic trading systems in supply chain management; (2) what kinds of benefits do electronic trading systems provide in supply chain management; and (3) what is the role of newer e-business standards in supply chain management. The dissertation is a compilation of four individual studies reported as four peer-reviewed publications. Firstly, on RQ1 the dissertation finds that (1) electronic trading system utilization realizes on two levels: relationship mode (unilateral or bilateral) and technical design (function, architecture, automation, and communication standards and networks) and that (2) effective utilization of electronic trading systems is characterized by differentiation over transaction instances (partner and task combinations). Secondly, on RQ2 the dissertation finds that (1) cooperative, operational, and commercial supply chain integration are distinct results of electronic trading system utilization in supply chain management and that (2) unilateral adjustments supplement benefit generation from electronic trading system utilization. Finally, on RQ3 the dissertation finds that (1) the RosettaNet e-business standard does not fully compensate for the weaknesses of older EDI-based e-business standards and that (2) dyad-level application of e-business standards calls for dyadic adjustments amongst the trading partners. The dissertation contributes to understanding on how to effectively utilize contemporary electronic trading systems in supply chain management.
Translated title of the contributionStudies on the utilization of electronic trading systems in supply chain management
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Tanskanen, Kari, Supervising Professor
  • Holmström, Jan, Thesis Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-3168-2
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-3169-9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • electronic trading systems
  • interorganizational information systems
  • supply chain management
  • supply chain integration
  • EDI
  • RosettaNet


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