Dynamic markets require that supply chain partners work together in a timely and efficient manner. This paper introduces e-Connectivity, a construct describing how technology and process standards enable cross-company collaboration amongst partners in the networked supply chain. The paper highlights the collaborative and often shortterm relationships where partners coordinate their mutual capabilities to address a transitory, but important, business opportunity in order to achieve collectively beneficial outcomes. Through a literature review and exploratory interviews, the paper proposes and defines the construct of the dynamically networked supply chain. It then introduces how information technology and related processes enable dynamic collaborative practices in the supply chain. Subsequently, e-Connectivity is discussed as a key success factor in the development and deployment of informally networked supply chains. Further empirical validation and testing may reveal that informal coordination in networked supply chains, enabled by eBusiness, is an important capability that impacts the operational effectiveness and competitive advantage of a firm.
Ogulin, Robert and Selen, Willem, "E-Connectivity as an Enabler for Dynamically Networked Supply Chains –Exploratory Research Findings" (2005). ICEB 2005 Proceedings. 151.