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Lundqvist, Krister 2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis

Abstract [en] : There is currently a trend in which companies’ use of B2B e-hub integration is increasing due to the benefits that B2B e-hubs can offer. The continuously expanding Internet is also a factor that speeds up the integration, allowing companies to interact and trade 24/7, eliminating the barrier of different time zones when doing business globally. It is also said that the traditional physical intermediary will be replaced by B2B e-hubs which connects buyers and suppliers in a virtual marketplace and facilitates commerce in a global environment. Based on this, the purpose of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the use of B2B e-hubs. In order to reach this purpose, two research questions asked how B2B e-hubs can be described, as well as the value they provide. Based on the research questions a literature review was conducted, resulting in a conceptual framework that was used to guide data collection. A qualitative, case study methodology was used, relying on interviews to collect data. The findings indicate that catalogues as a trading mechanism is most suitable for B2B e-hubs in the MRO industry and that storefront and product catalogue fees are important for the e-hub to generate revenues as well. Moreover the findings showed that it is the quality of the core service which generated the most value and not the value-added services. It was also found that by participating in a B2B e-hub, companies can reduce procurement costs, product costs and increase capacity utilization in their core activity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages: 2006.

Keyword [en] : Social Behaviour Law, B2B e-hubs, e-commerce, supply chain management, B2B, intermediaries, MRO hubs

Keyword [sv] : Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik

Identifiers: URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59137ISRN: LTU-CUPP--06/118--SELocal ID: fa93a50c-1042-44fa-99e4-63ecea6df656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-59137DiVA: diva2:1032525

Subject / course: Student thesis, at least 15 credits

Educational program: Business Administration, bachelor's level

Examiners : Foster, Tim

Note: Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

Author: Nilsson, Daniel

Source: http://ltu.diva-portal.org/

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