Electronic technology and parts procurement: A case of the automobile industry

Takahiro Fujimoto*, Jewheon Oh

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Inter-firm information systems in the automobile industry have evolved from firm-specific networks to industrial standard networks and, further, to the internet. This paper examines how electronic parts procurement systems in the automobile industry affected its patterns of inter-firm transactions through empirical studies on information networks, transaction systems and architectural characteristics of automobile parts. We argue that selection of a certain parts transaction system tends to affect choice of the mode of information system that might best fit the transaction information between the firms. Conversely, once a particular type of information is chosen, the mode of information exchanges and patterns of competition between suppliers and transaction systems would also be changed. In this way, inter-firm information systems, transaction patterns, and architectures of the parts would co-evolve through dynamic interactions among them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-335
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Automotive Technology and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Architecture of parts
  • Co-evolvement
  • Firm-specific network
  • Industrial standard network (i.e. JNX)
  • Internet procurement (i.e. Covisint)
  • Transaction systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Strategy and Management


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