Adoption of e-business solutions in food supply chains

M. Vlachopoulou, A. Matopoulos

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputChapter (peer-reviewed)


The aim of this chapter is to increase understanding of e-business adoption in the food supply chain. In the first part of the paper an analysis of the concept and the context of e-business are presented along with a classification of the various e-business applications based on the dimensions of involvement and complexity. Next emphasis is given to the issue of e-business adoption. In particular an analysis of the factors that influence the adoption process is provided by exploring the specific characteristics of the food industry as well as the potential impact of the use of e-business solutions. These factors are not only related to the company but also to the supply chain of each company and the actual value of e-business applications. The chapter concludes that in many cases e-business is wrongly considered as a sole application and its adoption as mainly an intra-firm issue. Finally future trends are considered and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDelivering performance in food supply chains
EditorsCarlos Mena, Graham Stevens
Place of PublicationCambridge (UK)
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1-84569-471-5
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameWoodhead publishing series in food science, technology and nutrition
PublisherWoodhead Publishing


  • e-business adoption
  • e-business research
  • food chain
  • ICT


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