The Status of B2B E-Commerce in the South African Manufacturing Sector: Evolutionary or Revolutionary?

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dc.contributor.author Moodley, Sagren
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-28T20:36:41Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-28T20:36:41Z
dc.date.issued 2002-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Moodley, S. (2002). The status of B2B e-commerce in the South African manufacturing sector: Evolutionary or revolutionary? The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC), 3. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19827 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 1607-2235 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-5040  (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19827
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19827
dc.description.abstract While B2B e-commerce represents a major technological innovation and marks a significant development in organisational interconnectivity (i.e., the ability to network both internally and externally), it is premature to categorise e-commerce in the South African manufacturing sector as ‘revolutionary’. A technological revolution implies a historic transformation bringing about profound, pervasive change in business processes. The research findings reveal that rather than a ‘great event’ having occurred, the reality of e-commerce in the South African manufacturing sector appears to be more mundane, i.e. the result of an evolutionary process of IT integration into existing work practices. Therefore, e-commerce cannot claim to have radically changed the way most business is conducted on a day-to-day basis. Moreover, a technology-focused approach to e-commerce tends to deflect attention away from farreaching systemic changes that need to be made in the South African manufacturing sector.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title The Status of B2B E-Commerce in the South African Manufacturing Sector: Evolutionary or Revolutionary? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19827


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  • SAJIC Issue 3, 2002
    Articles on building network knowledge economies, B2B e-commerce, telecommunications reform and poverty alleviation, evolution of telecommunications policy reforms, technical and policy advances in rural telecommunications, the international ICT and development discourse, convergence regulation

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