Risk and gain sharing challenges in interorganisational implementation of RFID technology

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Implementing collaborative change initiatives in supply chains presents various challenges. This paper proposes a framework for identifying potential risk and gain sharing challenges in collaborative change initiatives, and uses the framework to explore risk and gain sharing in an interorganisational implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The proposed framework is based on a review of prior research while the empirical investigation is based on case study research and involves three companies jointly implementing an RFID system. The empirical study shows that intra- and interorganisational risk and gain sharing is critical to implementing RFID technology across organisations, and illustrates various risks and gains for the supply chain organisations and how these are shared. To apply the framework in practice, a model is presented that provides managers with guidelines for identifying risk and gain sharing challenges in collaborative initiatives.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Mechanical Engineering
  • Transport Systems and Logistics


  • SCM., interorganisation, implementation, information sharing, gain sharing, collaboration, case study, logistics, alignment, automatic identification, information technology, automotive industry, RFID, supply chain management, risk, packaging, packaging logistics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-534
JournalInternational Journal of Procurement Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Acknowledgments: This research was financially supported by VINNOVA through the Next Generation Innovative Logistics Centre (NGIL). The authors are very grateful to Volvo Cars Body Components in Olofström, Volvo Logistics Cooperation and Volvo Information Technology for their support and willingness to participate in this research. The authors would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments on this article.