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Development of a Maturity- and Quadrant Model to Assess and Classify E-purchasing solutions

Ströhnisch, Finn (2019) Development of a Maturity- and Quadrant Model to Assess and Classify E-purchasing solutions.

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Abstract:The progressing Industry 4.0 drives the need for organisations to implement sophisticated e-purchasing solutions. Moreover, research has shown that the deployment and utilization of innovative e-purchasing solutions lead to a competitive advantage due to reduced transaction costs and better control of corporate spending. Nonetheless, it seems that even organisations that are willing to implement innovative solutions struggle to find their desired software in the jungle of competing vendors, due to no established structure to evaluate and classify vendors towards their Industry 4.0 maturity. Therefore, this thesis provides the first Industry 4.0 oriented maturity model with a linked quadrant matrix to assess, classify and visualise solution vendors. With regards to the research design of this study, the new model is developed based on extensive literature reviews and semi- structured interviews with Industry experts. Furthermore, the demonstration of the model encompasses the assessment of 16 e-purchasing solution vendors. The research ends with the newly developed and evaluated maturity model and linked quadrant matrix. In addition, based on the demonstration of the model an update of the technological progress on the e-purchasing solution market is provided.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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