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Call for articles

Proposal submission deadline: October 1st, 2005
Full paper due: December 15th, 2005

Social Implications and Challenges of E-Business
A Book Edited by Professor Feng Li, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Today, organisations from around the globe are actively exploring opportunities and challenges brought about by the Internet and E-Business. This is not limited to the private sectors – the public sectors are also facilitating and shaping the development of infrastructure and services and experimenting with new ways of information and services delivery via electronic channels. With such developments, the boundaries between sectors, products, services, channels and organisations are increasingly eroded, and the distinctions between work, home, education, leisure, etc., are increasingly blurred. The development of E-Business is shaped by a plethora of social forces and is facilitating profound social changes. Due to the rapid pace of developments, many such issues have not been systematically examined. A special issue of the Journal of E-Commerce in Organisations (JECO) was dedicated to the ‘Social Aspects of E-Business’ [April-June 2005, 3 (2)]. However, due to the limited space available, many significant issues were left out. An edited book will provide sufficient volume for a greater number of papers to address these emerging issues in a systematic and comprehensive fashion.

The Overall Objectives of the Book

The book will provide a systematic examination of the social implications and challenges of E-Business. It will improve our understanding of how the development of the Internet and E-Business shapes and is shaped by various social forces and the difficulties and challenges involved in applying E-Business principles in public services and other non-business activities.

The Target Audience

The target audience of this book includes academics and practitioners interested in the social aspects of E-Business in private and public sector organizations. The audience also includes libraries, researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students, businesses and information systems professionals, as well as management consultants interested in the broad context of E-Business, the social forces that shape the development of the Internet and E-Business, and the social changes and challenges brought about by such developments.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Papers that explore the social implications and challenges of E-Business/E-Commerce (e.g., social inclusion/exclusion and digital divide; the social shaping of e-business technologies; the changing nature and patterns of work and social activities; online identity, security, risks, trust and privacy, etc.)
2. The applications of E-Business technologies and principles in public services and non-business activities and the special issues and challenges involved (e.g., e-government, e-learning, e-health care, e-public services; e-governance; e-citizen; e-democracy; online communities; the differences between e-business and e-government; communications and control, etc.)

Submission Procedure

Academics and practitioners are invited to submit before October 1st, 2005, a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 15th October 2005 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by 15th December 2005. References should be in APA style (http://www.apastyle.org/faqs.html or http://www.apastyle.org/previoustips.html). All submitted chapters will be double-blind reviewed. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group Inc., www.idea-group.com, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints.

All proposals and papers should be submitted via e-mail attachment in MS Word format to the Editor: Professor Feng Li, Chair of E-Business Development, The Business School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK. Tel +44 191 222 7976; Fax: + 44 191 222 6131; E-Mail: Feng.li@ncl.ac.uk