E-Business assimilation in China's international trade firms: The technology-organizationenvironment framework

Dahui Li, Fujun Lai, Jian Wang

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Despite the importance of international trade firms in China's economic development, there is only limited empirical evidence about how these firms assimilate Internet-based e-business in global supply chain operations. Using the Technology-Organization-Environment framework, this study investigates technological, organizational, and environmental factors which determine e-business assimilation in these firms. Based on survey data collected from 307 international trade firms in the Beijing area, we found that environmental uncertainty was negatively associated with e-business assimilation, while a firm's internal IT capability, relative advantage of e-business, learning orientation, and inter-organizational dependence were positive determinants of e-business assimilation. The effect of a firm's ownership type was also significant. Environmental uncertainty was the most important inhibitor, and IT capability and inter-organizational dependence were the most salient enablers of e-business assimilation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-65
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Global Information Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


  • China
  • E-business assimilation
  • Environmental uncertainty
  • IT capability
  • Inter-organizational dependence
  • Learning orientation
  • Ownership
  • Partial least squares technology-organization-environment framework
  • Relative advantage
  • Trading


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