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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 2, Issue 3, July-September 2006
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 1548-1131
EISSN: 1548-114X
Published by Idea Group Inc., Hershey, PA, USA

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


“Special Section Editorial Preface”

Sviatoslav Braynov, University of Illinois at Springfield, USA
Manuel Núñez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Fernando Rubio, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Peter R. Wurman, North Carolina State University, USA

This special section of the International Journal of E-Business Research
contains a selection of the best papers published in the E-Commerce
Technologies track (ECT) of the 20th Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC
2005) held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 17, 2005. The last years have
seen an exponential growth and dramatic changes in the field of ecommerce
technologies. The focus of the ECT track is on novel applications for
e-commerce, that is, applications that hold new promises for rapidly
evolving electronic markets. The program committee selected eight papers
after a rigorous review process in which at least three reviewers reviewed
every paper. Out of the eight accepted papers, the authors of three papers
were selected to submit a revised and extended version of their papers to
this special section of IJEBR. These papers represent very different
domains inside the broad field of e-commerce technologies.



“Scalable Security and Accounting Services for Content-Based
Publish/Subscribe Systems”

Himanshu Khurana, NCSA, University of Illinois, USA
Radostina K. Koleva, NCSA, University of Illinois, USA

Content-based publish/subscribe systems offer an interaction scheme that
is appropriate for a variety of large-scale dynamic applications. However,
widespread use of these systems is hindered by a lack of suitable security
services. In this paper, the authors present scalable solutions for
confidentiality, integrity, and authentication for these systems.
Verifiable usage-based accounting services, which are required for
e-commerce and e-business applications that use publish/subscribe systems,
are also provided. The solutions are applicable in a setting where
publishers and subscribers may not trust the publish/subscribe

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“Analyzing the Privacy of a Vickrey Auction Mechanism”

Ismael Rodríguez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Natalia López, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

This article studies the properties of a distributed mechanism to perform
the Vickrey auction. This mechanism, as originally presented in López,
Núñez, Rodríguez, and Rubio (2004), left unanswered questions about the
applicability of the protocol.  These issues are discussed in this paper,
and a simple implementation of the protocol is presented and analyzed.

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“Performance Evaluation of Consumer Decision Support Systems”

Jiyong Zhang, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Pearl Pu, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Consumer decision support systems (CDSSs) help online users make
purchasing decisions in e-commerce Web sites. To more effectively compare
the usefulness of the various functionalities and interface features of
such systems, a simulation environment for decision tasks of any scale and
structure is developed. In addition, three criteria in an evaluation
framework for assessing the quality of such CDSSs are identified. The
simulation environment will enable the efficient comparison of more
advanced tools among themselves, and indicate further opportunities for
functionality and interface improvements.

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“An Exploratory Study of the Design Preferences of U.S. and Chinese
Virtual Communities”

Felix B. Tan, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Helen J. Lin, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Cathy Urquhart, University of Auckland, New Zealand

With the increasing popularity of electronic commerce, businesses are
starting to recognize that developing a good virtual community can help to
generate more profits. Virtual communities can be an instrument for
building relationships with customers, and retaining customers’ loyalty.
Of interest are the similarities and differences in the design preferences
of virtual communities across cultural groups. This paper examines the
design preferences of virtual communities in two cultural groups. The
design preferences studied are Web design, tools used, and types of
virtual communities preferred. Content analysis was employed to study 20
of the most popular Chinese and U.S. virtual communities.

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“The Role of Trust in Business-to-Business E-Commerce Collaboration in a
Unique Environment in Australia”

Carol Pollard, Appalachian State University, USA
Amanda Diggles, Tasmanian State Government, Department of Health and Human
Services, Australia

This article explores interorganizational collaboration in
business-to-business e-commerce, and the factors that influence its
development in a unique Australian environment. Using a qualitative case
study approach, seven informants from four Tasmanian organizations were
interviewed. The data confirmed trust was an important prerequisite for
the establishment and development of both electronic and traditional
interorganizational relationships. Collaborative relations such as
communication and repeated interactions facilitated the development of
trading-partner trust. The results enhance organizational awareness of
similarities and differences between traditional and electronic
business-to-business trading relationships, and contribute to the growing
body of knowledge on interorganizational trust and business-to-business
e-commerce. The influence of the unique Tasmanian environment is
acknowledged and discussed as a mediating variable in considering the

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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.

Note: For only $18.00, purchase an IJEBR article or any of the over 1,200
single journal articles available electronically by visiting


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:

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

Interested authors should consult the Journal's manuscript
submission guidelines at

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

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