e-Commerce definition dilemma

Cater-Steel, Aileen and Grist, Shelly (2006) e-Commerce definition dilemma. In: Encyclopedia of developing regional communities with information and communication technology. Information Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, United States, pp. 152-158. ISBN 1-59140-575-0


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[Introduction]: There is confusion among researchers, practitioners and policymakers about the meaning of terms such as e-commerce, and small and medium enterprise (SME) (Krochmal, 1998; Mesenbourg, 2001; Poon, 2002; Xydias-Lobo & Jones, 2003). The lack of standard, universally adopted definitions presents a challenge to researchers and leads to inaccurate comparisons of rates of adoption. This article provides an analysis of various popular definitions of e-commerce and highlights the distinctions between them. A classification system is proposed and applied using examples of e-commerce transactions. Recommendations are provided which should prove helpful for researchers and practitioners interested in developing regional communities with information and communication technology.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. However, Chapter in print copy goes under different title: 'The definition dilemma of e-commerce'. Alternatively, USQ staff and students may access the paper via publisher's electronic version of the book at: http://www.usq.edu.au/library/eservices/ezp_edrcict.htm
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 03:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-commerce, definition, definitions
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/989

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