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There are many millions of trading documents (such as purchase orders, delivery notes and invoices) currently exchanged on paper in business to business (B2B) transactions, each having to be re-keyed as they pass between different locations and computer applications. Existing Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet, Bar-Coding, Radio Frequency Tagging, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Electronic catalogs and Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP) have facilitated electronic commerce (EC) functionality within many business sectors. However, the adoption of such technologies in the Irish construction industry has been very slow with only limited evidence of their application. The results of a structured online questionnaire is reported, which was conducted among the top 75 companies in Ireland. The results indicate little EC activity within the Irish Construction Industry supply chain and significant opportunities to introduce the most routine EC applications to support their B2B purchasing transactions.
Hore, A.V., and West, R.P., (2005b), ‘A survey of electronic purchasing practice in Ireland: a perspective for the Irish construction industry’, the 2nd International Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) Research Symposium and International Built and Human Research Week, Salford University, Manchester, 98-108.