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Abstract

Fostering supply chain integration (SCI) via Internet technologies has been widely regarded as a critical factor for firm success. Internet-enabled SCI may help enhance firms’ capabilities in technology, product and market development, and thus allows firms to initiate or adapt to competitive changes in the market. Yet, the decision on Internet-enabled SCI is challenging due to the high uncertainties involved. Research on the antecedents of Internet-enabled SCI is of interest to both researchers and practitioners. Based on the view of upper echelons theory (UET), this research derives a syncretic model for firms’ adoption of Internet-enabled SCI by presenting senior executives’ cognitions as firms’ perceived institutional pressures, and senior executives’ values as firms’ organizational culture. Results from a survey show that institutional pressures and a culture that values organic process have a strong impact on firms' inclination toward Internet- enabled SCI. In addition, we find that institutional pressures and organizational culture have interaction effects on Internet-enabled SCI.

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