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The contents of the latest issue of:

International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR)
Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association
Volume 3, Issue 1, January-March 2007
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 1548-1131
EISSN: 1548-114X
Published by Idea Group Inc., Hershey, PA, USA
<http://www.idea-group.com/ijebr>

Editor-in-Chief: In Lee, Western Illinois University, USA

EDITORIAL PREFACE:

"Research in the International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR):
Current Status"

In Lee, Editor-in-Chief, Western Illinois University, USA

The International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR) was launched in
January 2005 with a mission of providing an international forum for
researchers and practitioners worldwide to advance the knowledge and
practice of all facets of electronic business. It has published
theoretical, experimental, survey, and case studies in a wide range of
topics in e-business including e-business modeling, e services, e-
strategies, and emerging e-business technologies and applications.  During
the first two years (2005-2006), IJEBR has been able to recruit high-
quality manuscripts from all over the world and published 42 articles in
eight issues, including three research-oriented editorial prefaces. A brief
overview of the first two years of IJEBRís publications is provided.

PAPER ONE:

"Virtual Organization: Resource-Based View"

Jinyoul Lee, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA
Mike (Tae-In) Eom, The University of Portland, USA
Bonn-Oh Kim, Seattle University, USA
Pairin Katerattanakul, Western Michigan University, USA

Virtual organization incorporates all the revolutionary practices in the
global network and provides a unique opportunity for society. This study
provides a new vision of the future organization with the revolution of
communication technologies. Virtual organization is analyzed with the
premises of time and space. The findings of this paper show the strategic
implication of virtual organization in terms of its life cycle through
various stages and interactions based on structuration. A resource-based
view is employed to identify more effective and strategic ways to operate
virtual organization.

To obtain a copy of the entire article, click on the link below.
<http://www.idea-group.com/articles/details.asp?id=6587>

PAPER TWO:

"EBBSC: A Balanced Scorecard-Based Framework for Strategic E-Business
Management"

Fen Wang, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Guisseppi Forgionne, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA

E-business is far more about strategy than technology, and the strategy of
e-business is very important in todayís dynamic and competitive
environment. In this article, the authors describe a balanced scorecard-
based framework in detail and discuss its potential e-business uses. This
framework enables e-business managers to plan and allocate resources more
effectively and align strategic objectives with performance results. It
also provides a stable point of reference for e-businesses to understand
and manage the fundamental changes introduced by e-business initiatives.

To obtain a copy of the entire article, click on the link below.
<http://www.idea-group.com/articles/details.asp?id=6588>

PAPER THREE:

"Delivering Superior Customer Perceived Value in the Context of Network
Effects"

Fan-Chen Tseng, Kainan University, Taiwan
Ching-I Teng, Chang Gung University, Taiwan
David M. Chiang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Network effect refers to the phenomenon that the value of connecting to a
network depends on the present number of customers connected to that
network. The self-reinforcement characteristic of the network effect
strengthens the strong firms and weakens the weak firms. In the extreme
form, network effects may produce a winner-take-all market. Therefore,
competitive strategies are critical for companies in markets characterized
by network effects. To succeed in the market, a firm must be able to
deliver superior value to customers compared to its competitors. This study
proposes a conceptual model for describing the market situations
characterized by network effects. Based on this model, this study clarifies
how companies can deliver superior customer value in the context of network
effects. This study proposes two major approaches: increasing total
customer value and reducing total customer costs. Various practical methods
are proposed for implementing these two approaches.

To obtain a copy of the entire article, click on the link below.
<http://www.idea-group.com/articles/details.asp?id=6589>

PAPER FOUR:

"A Roadmap for Ambient E-Service: Applications and Embracing Model"

Yuan-Chu Hwang, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Soe-Tsyr Yuan, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Most of the existing mobile services were designed based on the
client/server architecture. Those mobile services neither paid much
attention to mobile usersí interactions with their environments nor
considered the collective efforts between the mobile users in a dynamic
peer group. In this article, the notion of ambient e-service is so defined
as to identify a new scope of mobile e-service, which address dynamic
collective efforts between mobile users (enabled by mobile peer-to-peer
technology), dynamic interactions with ambient environments (envisioned by
location-based service), the moment of value (empowered by wireless
technologies), and low cost service provision. The notable features of
ambient e-services are the exhilarated linkage based on social context and
significantly rapid growth of connections. The authors also present an
ambient e-service framework that characterizes ambient e-services with
three dimensions (value stack, environment stack, and technology stack),
followed by several exemplars of ambient e-service applications. Moreover,
they present the ambient e-service embracing model (ASEM) that addresses
the integrated consideration of trust, reputation, and privacy required for
fostering the growth of ambient e-services and steers the directions of
future fruitful relevant research.

To obtain a copy of the entire article, click on the link below.
<http://www.idea-group.com/articles/details.asp?id=6590>

PAPER FIVE:

"E-Business Adoption in SMEs: Some Preliminary Findings from Electronic
Components Industry"

Mark Xu, Portsmouth Business School, UK
Ravni Rohatgi, Southampton, UK
Yanqing Duan, University of Bedfordshire, UK

The lack of anticipated engagement in e-business by Small and Medium sized
Enterprises (SMEs) is a rising concern to the UK government and service
providers alike. This article is based on the e-adoption model to examine
the current practice of e-business technology adoption in SMEs and the
driving forces for and against the adoption. Through interviews with 40
owner managers in the electronic components industry, the article reveals
that most of the small firms in this industry are at the lower level of
the "e-adoption ladder"¨ predominantly using the Internet and e-mail. SMEs
in this industry have not yet widely engaged in online transactions. The
current level of adoption is driven by both internal and external factors,
including operational benefits, industry common practice, and peer
pressure. External forces such as a lack of push from suppliers and
customers and a lack of strategic vision of using advanced e-business
technology for competitive advantages have determinant effects on the level
and scale of e-adoption in SME sector. The e-adoption ladder model is
modified by incorporating the influential factors identified within this
study. The findings have many implications for researchers, service
providers, and policy makers.

To obtain a copy of the entire article, click on the link below.
<http://www.idea-group.com/articles/details.asp?id=6591>

PAPER SIX:

"E-Business in Developing Countries: A Comparison of China and India"

Peter V. Raven, Seattle University, USA
Xiaoqing Huang, Seattle University, USA
Ben B. Kim, Seattle University, USA

The Internet has changed the way many companies do business, but has also
tended  to increase the disparity between firms in developed countries and
those in  developing countries. As the digital divide seems to grow, the
question becomes how will developing countries catch up? Two large
developing countries, China and India, are examined in an attempt to
understand their approaches to developing e-business. While both countries
had access to the technology at about the same time, each has taken a
different path to utilizing it. These approaches are based on a number of
factors, including government initiatives and focus, infrastructure
building, experience and understanding of business operations, and culture,
among others. China appears to be ahead of India in the mechanics and
infrastructure, but India is ahead in e-readiness. Both countries are
poised for rapidly increasing e-business, however, the huge problems of
poverty and inequality between urban and rural connectivity must be
resolved to really take advantage of e-business.

To obtain a copy of the entire article, click on the link below.
<http://www.idea-group.com/articles/details.asp?id=6592>

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the
International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR) in your institution's
library. If your library is not currently subscribed to this journal,
please recommend an IJEBR subscription to your librarian.
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CALL FOR PAPERS

Mission of IJEBR:

The primary objective of the International Journal of E-Business Research
(IJEBR) is to provide an international forum for researchers and
practitioners to advance the knowledge and practice of all facets of
electronic business. Emerging e-business theories, architectures, and
technologies are emphasized to stimulate and disseminate cutting-edge
information into research and business communities in a timely fashion. The
secondary objective of this journal is to develop a comprehensive framework
of e-business by taking a multidisciplinary approach to understanding e-
business and its implications on businesses and economies. This journal
serves as an integrated e-business knowledge base for those who are
interested in contributing to the advancement of e-business theory and
practice through a variety of research methods including theoretical,
experimental, case, and survey research methods.

Coverage of IJEBR:
Applications of new technologies to e-business
Collaborative commerce
Consumer behavior
Developing and managing middleware to support e-business
Digital libraries
E-business models and architectures
E-business process modeling and simulation studies
E-business systems integration
E-business standardizations
E-business technology investment strategies
Economics of e-business
E-finance
E-healthcare
Electronic markets and infrastructures
Electronic supply chain management and the
Internet-based electronic data interchange
E-procurement methods
E-services
Evaluation methodologies for e-business systems
Global e-business
Intelligent agent technologies and their impacts
Mobile commerce
Trends in e-business models and technologies
Trust, security, and privacy of e-business transactions and information
Valuing e-business assets
Web advertising
Web-based languages, application development methodologies, and tools
Web personalization and mass customization technologies
Web Services-based E-Business systems

Interested authors should consult the Journal's manuscript submission
guidelines at <http://www.idea-group.com/ijebr>

All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. In Lee at <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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