Exploring the role of third parties in inter-organisational web service adoption

Daniel, E.M.; White, A. and Ward, J.M. (2004). Exploring the role of third parties in inter-organisational web service adoption. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 17(5) pp. 351–360.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/17410390410560982

URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/174103904105...


Web services promise the ability to reduce the time and cost involved in developing, supporting and integrating the internal information systems within a single organization. They also promise the ability to quickly and effectively integrate information systems with those of customers, suppliers and other business partners, and use these integrated systems as a basis for developing shared business processes. This paper discusses the potential role of third party organizations in facilitation of inter-organizational Web service adoption and use. An empirical case study of such a third party, E2open is presented. The challenges and future potential for such third parties is considered in light of the evolution of inter-organizational systems in general and from the ASP and electronic marketplaces sectors, in particular. Since the adoption of Web services is a new phenomenon, the role of third parties in that adoption is highly emergent. This study is therefore exploratory in nature and should be considered as providing a basis for further research in this area.

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