New Technologies and Firm Organization: The Case of Electronic Traceability Systems in French Agribusiness

Orozco Noguera, Luis and Galliano, Danielle (2013) New Technologies and Firm Organization: The Case of Electronic Traceability Systems in French Agribusiness. Industry and Innovation, 20 (1). pp. 22-47.

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Abstract

This paper considers the relationship between the adoption of electronic traceability systems (ETSs) and the organization of firms. More precisely, it analyzes the respective roles of a firm's organizational structure, and organizational changes, in the process of ETS adoption in agribusiness. We use data from the French “Organizational Changes and Computerization” survey from 2006. We test a probit model to demonstrate the organizational structure and organizational changes underlying the firm's ETS adoption choice. Results show that ETS adoption is strongly favored by organizations with heavy hierarchical structures, standardized managerial practices and contractual mechanisms with external partners. This adoption process seems to coevolve with the organization: firms that implemented an ETS during the observed period (2003–2006) have experienced the most important organizational changes in terms of managerial practices, information systems and contractual relations, as well as the strengthening of the intermediate levels in the hierarchy.

Item Type: Article
Date: 2013
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: traceability systems, agribusiness, technological change, firm organization
JEL codes: A1 - General Economics
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE > B2- Production. Travail
Divisions: Laboratoire d'études et de recherches sur l'économie, les politiques et les systèmes sociaux - LEREPS
Site: IEP
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 14:07
Last Modified: 26 May 2016 16:21
URI: http://publications.sciencespo-toulouse.fr/id/eprint/13904

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