Interorganizational relationships in networks that enable organizations to leverage resources and access expertise located beyond firm boundaries are increasingly important sources of competitive advantage. Information technologies such as EDI play a significant role in enabling the creation and maintenance of buyer-supplier networks. Studies indicate that the deployment of IT in buyer-supplier relationships creates significant advantages for focal buying firms in networks (Mukhopadhyay, Kekre and Kalathur 1995). However, the benefits to supplier firms, often termed satellites, from participation and use of these interfacing technologies are little understood (Iacovou, Benbasat and Dexter 1995).
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