Collaborative e-marketplaces containing clusters of SMEs: Drivers and barriers in the local food sector

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Alexandra Petrakou, Patrik Brandt, Rune Gustavsson, Päivi Jokela
Title: Collaborative e-marketplaces containing clusters of SMEs: Drivers and barriers in the local food sector
Conference name: View references (35) 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-44
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-076954282-9
Publisher: HICSS
City: Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii
URI/DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2011.111
Other identifiers: ISSN: 15301605
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/com
Language: English
Abstract: This paper explores the current context of collaboration between small local food producers. The aim is to facilitate the design and maintenance of trustworthy collaborative e-marketplaces containing clusters of SMEs. An ethnographic approach was used and data was collected through observations, interviews and questionnaires. Our findings reveal both drivers to exploit and barriers to harness enabling trustworthy collaboration. Our current test bed is based on a research and design context that lacks mechanisms for governance. To take full advantage of the drivers and to tackle the barriers in a fruitful way, there is a need for a flexible infrastructure that allow for structured requirements, contractual agreements and validation of proposed collaboration services. To address this, we take advantage of recent developments in cloud computing, more specifically the integration of Platform as a Service (PaaS) in the support system
Subject: Computer Science\Computersystems
Keywords: Collaboration services, Contractual agreements, Current test, Design context, E-marketplaces, Ethnographic approaches, Local foods, Support systems
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