Challenges in explaining structure and evolution of interorganisational information systems: Lessons from an empirical research journey

Kai Reimers, Robert B. Johnston, Stefan Klein

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We have recently undertaken a five year international comparative study of Interorganizational Information Systems (IOIS) in the pharmaceutical supply chain in four countries, with the initial aim of investigating the relationship between differences at the industry and national level and the structure of the IOIS in these countries. We found because of the large timescale (beyond individual projects) and the large scope of analysis (including firm, industry and national factors) that a new phenomenon of IOIS evolution came into our view. This paper presents the journey we have taken in reevaluating appropriate theoretical underpinnings for studying and explaining IOIS phenomena at this large scale. We present our insights by relating the series of revisions we were forced by the phenomena to make to our research model, illustrated with two case vignettes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd Bled eConference eEnablement: Facilitating an Open, Effective and Representative eSociety - Proceedings
PublisherBled eCommerce Conference
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventBled Electronic Commerce Conference 2009 - Bled, Slovenia
Duration: 14 Jun 200917 Jun 2009
Conference number: 22nd


ConferenceBled Electronic Commerce Conference 2009
Abbreviated titleBECC 2009


  • Inter-organisational information systems
  • IS evolution
  • IS theory

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