The Diffusion of E-commerce in Developing Economies: A by Zeinab Karake-Shalhoub

By Zeinab Karake-Shalhoub

The authors of this designated quantity offer a well timed and invaluable standpoint on how know-how and the web revolution are altering company and spurring improvement internationally, particularly in rising international locations. using a framework grounded in rigorous idea, they supply a fine-grained knowing of digital trade adoption tactics by way of private and non-private area entities in constructing international locations. In so doing, they give thought to how each one alternate come across is formed by means of, and in flip shapes, relational features that shape the root for development and improvement.

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At a global level, following the passage of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in 1995. In a free and open global economic environment, industries in all nations will face even stiffer competition. In order to increase competitiveness, individual nations will be compelled to further deregulate and globalize the flow of money, manpower, resources, and information. In light of this trend of increasing liberalization and competition, one of the greatest challenges of the twentyfirst century will be to enhance national competitiveness through ensuring economic development and the use of IT (UNCTAD, 2003).

Weick, K. S. S. Sproull (eds), Technology and Organizations, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Wernerfelt B. A. (1988), ‘Tobin’s q and the importance of focus in firm performance’, American Economic Review, 78, 246–50. Wernerfelt, Birger (1984), ‘A resource-based view of the firm’, Strategic Management Journal, 5 (April–June), 171–80. World Bank (2000), Entering the 21st Century: World Development Report 1999/2000, Washington, DC: World Bank. Shalhoub 01 chap01 38 5/10/06 19:03:32 2. E-commerce and e-government: a review INTRODUCTION The best-selling authors in business topics agree that the structure of the workplace must be revamped if corporations are to perform more effectively in a global cyber-based market.

The infrastructure of the early IT industry was created by a few companies that were built on vertical integration strategies. Then personal computer (PC) companies gradually began to replace proprietary computing environments with open systems. In other words, instead of using their own custom-built materials, the manufacturers started to assemble computers from standardized components made by other firms. This changed the industry’s entire infrastructure.

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