A Field Study of RFID Deployment and Return Expectations
Production and Operations Management, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 599-612, 2007
32 Pages Posted: 29 May 2008 Last revised: 2 Sep 2014
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology promises to transform supply chain management. Building on previous research in information systems and supply chain management, this paper proposes a theoretical framework for RFID adoption and benefits, and tests the framework using data on U.S. firms. Our analysis suggests that there is a positive association between information technology (IT) application deployment and RFID adoption. We find that RFID implementation spending and partner mandate are associated with an expectation of early return on RFID investment, and a perceived lack of industry-wide standards is associated with an expectation of delayed return on RFID investment. These results suggest that firms with broad IT application deployment and a critical mass of RFID implementation spending are more likely to report early returns from RFID deployments. This paper extends previous research to understand the relationship between organization characteristics and adoption and expected benefits of the emerging RFID technology.
Keywords: RFID, Information Technology, Adoption, Benefits, Business Value of IT
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