Journal of International Technology and Information Management

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Competitive priorities are the critical operational dimensions a process or supply chain must possess to satisfy its internal or external customers. The concept of competitive priorities is very important to organizations because it helps them set up achievable goals and it has long been known to be associated with organizational performance. This research introduces an alternative theory to explain the mechanism by which the buying firms and suppliers adopt different competitive priorities as they enter into buyer-supplier relationships and to explore further how technology choices influence the competitive priority adaptation. Using empirical data collected from the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s executives, a confirmatory factor analysis was used to refine the measurement. The measures were refined to satisfy key measurement rigors including convergent validity, discriminant validity, and reliability. The structural model results show that suppliers’ adaption of competitive priorities and IT use is largely influenced by buyers’ level of competitive priorities and IT use; however, there is no clear relationship pattern relating to suppliers’ competitive priorities and IT use.