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Anti-trust and Competitive Issues in B2B Trading Exchanges: Covisint, Inc.  
 
Product Ref: 02/140C Company: Covisint, Inc.

Product Type: Case Industry: Automobiles & Components

Related Product(s): Teaching Note
Authors: Ali Farhoomand   Mary Ho
In February 2000, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Co. jointly announced plans to combine efforts and form a global on-line business-to-business (B2B) exchange. The goal of the exchange was to provide original equipment manufacturers and suppliers with the ability to reduce costs in their respective supply chains and bring efficiencies to their business operations. A few months after the announcement, Renault S.A., Nissan Japan and several top-tier automotive parts suppliers voiced their support and planned to join the exchange. The founders coined the name "Covisint" for the exchange. In July 2000, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington launched an investigation into Covisint's structure and mission, to explore any possible anti-trust implications. The FTC was aware that Covisint's founders represented a large share of the automotive market. Given the influence of the big players, the FTC feared that small companies could be excluded from the market, and that the exchange could provide a channel for the improper transfer of sensitive information among the participants.
Functional Area : Economics & Business Policy
Management of Information Systems
Production & Operations Management

Issues: Antitrust Laws; Electronic Commerce; Liability
Length: 3 pages Country: United States of America

Pub. Year: 2002 Level of Difficulty: 1
         
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English
         
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