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Learning difficulties: collaborative inter-organisational information system use within UK retail supply networks

Emberson, Caroline and Storey, John (2008). Learning difficulties: collaborative inter-organisational information system use within UK retail supply networks. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, 9-11 Sep 2008, University of Bradford, Harrogate UK.

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Inter-organisational information systems (IOIS) have been introduced to support collaborative retail supply relationships, yet how these systems are used is not well understood. This paper presents analysis of an ideographic case study of a dynamic United Kingdom grocery sector supply network. Using Archer's (1995) social change theory we explore how changes to buyer-supplier relationship structures re-conditioned individual actors' situational logics in a way that created network learning difficulties. Our analysis shows how actors' inter-organisational information system use reinforced pre-existing bargaining positions and improved already powerful actors' relative negotiating strength. This paper demonstrates the value of multi-level analysis in furthering understanding of the complex relationships between processes of network and individual learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
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Keywords: inter-organisational relations; retail supply networks; collaboration; individual learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 23950
Depositing User: Caroline Emberson
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 10:38
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 21:58
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