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e-Business, e-Government & Small and Medium-Size Enterprises: Opportunities and Challenges

e-Business, e-Government & Small and Medium-Size Enterprises: Opportunities and Challenges
Author(s)/Editor(s): Brian J. Corbitt (Deakin University, Australia) and Nabeel Al-Qirim (United Arab Emirates University, UAE)
Copyright: ©2004
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-202-2
ISBN13: 9781591402022
ISBN10: 1591402026
EISBN13: 9781591402039


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Much of the e-commerce and IT research in small and medium sized enterprises (SME) indicates that these smaller businesses are lagging behind in implementing technological advances. This raises concerns for these SME's success as the Information Age becomes ever more of a reality. e-Business, e-Government & Small and Medium-Size Enterprises: Opportunities and Challenges offers a collection of chapters highlighting successful policy and practices which encourage SME's success in numerous different countries. Such a collection of international experiences and expertise offers policymakers, legislators, researchers, and to professionals insight into addressing the significant issues that are importance to the small business sector and ultimately will lead to the depiction of a more effective regulatory frameworks that will lead to the long-term success of EC in SMEs in countries around the world.

Reviews and Testimonials

This book is an excellent resource of E-Business and E-Government literature. Valuable lessons can be learned from this book as it elaborates on E-Commerce initiatives and policy implications in several countries and other topics.

– Moh’d Radaideh, College of Information Technology, UAE University, UAE

I feel that Brian and Nabeel have captured the essence of e-commerce adoption and diffusion as it relates to SMEs. They have especially embraced global perspectives in this endeavor. This book provides special insight for a variety of stakeholders.

– Doug Vogel, Professor (Chair) of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

A great range of countries are represented in this book so it will be a really helpful resource to both policy makers and researchers.

– Paul Cragg, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Author's/Editor's Biography

Brian Corbitt (Ed.)
Professor Brian Corbitt, is Pro Vice Chancellor (Online Services). He is responsible for the integration of systems that support Deakin’s commitment to online support for teaching and learning. Dr. Corbitt is a Professor of Information Systems and Head of School in the School of Information Systems at Deakin University in Melbourne (2001-2002). He had previously been JADE Professor of eCommerce at Victoria University of Wellington from 200-2001. Prior to that Professor Corbitt taught Information Systems and Management at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Information Systems and at Monash in the Department of Management. He was also Head of College, International House in the University of Melbourne. His research specializes in Electronic Commerce and IT policy development, analysis and implementation in Business Modeling and Electronic Commerce trade relationships, and knowledge management and e-learning in tertiary institutions. His published research includes over 100 scholarly publications in journals and books and includes joint authorship of four books. Professor Corbitt recently completed a 5 year consultancy to the Thai Ministry of University Affairs on management reform and change in the Thai public university sector through the TASEAP Project. He has also been consulting to New Zealand and Australian companies on the development and implementation of B2B exchanges applicable to SMEs.

Nabeel Al-Qirim (Ed.)
Dr. Nabeel A. Al-Qirim joined academia in 1999 in New Zealand after working for 12 years in the IT industry with companies such as IBM, COMPAQ, Group Bull/Honeywell, Siemens Nixdorf, and Data General as a technical-solutions consultant and project manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, an MBA, a PostGradDip-IS (Honors with distinction), Cert. in Education, and a Ph.D. in information systems. In addition to teaching, he was promoted to roles including researcher and module coordinator for e-business at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. In 2004, he joined the College of IT, United Arab Emirates University. He has published more than 50 articles in refereed international outlets including journals, books, conference papers, and book chapters. His research has covered different interdisciplinary areas such as IT and e-commerce strategy in businesses and in SMEs, e-government, health information systems and telemedicine, mobile commerce, outsourcing, supply chain management, and e-commerce in developing countries and in NGOs. Dr. Al-Qirim is active within the university’s inner and outer community: conferences (AMCIS, BLED, IIT, IRMA, MoMM), associations (AIS, IRMA, IFIP, SBIRIT) and on the editorial board of several journals (IJKM, EM, IJCEC, JECO, BPMJ, JCIT, DII, IRMJ). He is the co-chair of the IIT’05 conference. He also chaired several tracks and sessions in international conferences and organized workshops and panels. For more details refer to:


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