Inter-Firm Collaboration and Electronic Business: Effects on Profitability in Finland

Pekka Tsupari, Petri Rouvinen

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Abstract

This chapter studies the joint effects of inter-firm collaboration and electronic business on firm profitability primarily in Finnish manufacturing. It is found that deeper forms of inter-firm collaboration boost financial performance but that high e-business intensity might even strain profitability. Firms that simultaneously have high inter-firm collaboration and e-business intensities as well as use electronic networks for conducting their collaboration are also more profitable. Based on this, two conclusions are drawn. First, suitable e-business practices facilitate inter-firm collaboration. Once in place, inter-firm collaboration tends to be immensely more productive with supporting electronic means. Second, e-business investment has to be accompanied by complementary organizational innovations, in this case a new form of external (and also internal, although not observed directly in the data used) organization of the firm, that is, inter-firm collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Economics of Information Systems
EditorsTomak Kerem
Place of PublicationHershey, PA, USA
PublisherIGI Global
Pages152-171
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781591404446
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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