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Summary of workshop


Professor Feng Li
Newcastle University Business School
Convenor of BAM e-Business and e-Government Special Interest Group

The e-Business & e-Government Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management (BAM) successfully organised a new workshop at Brunel University Business School on the 3rd-4th May 2007.  Over 40 participants from all over the UK participated in the event to present, discuss and debate issues concerning the Relationship between e-Business and Information Systems research.  This workshop was organised by Dr Michael Bourlakis (Brunel University), Dr Savvas Papagiannidis (Newcastle University), Professor Feng Li (Newcastle University), and the venue and refreshments were sponsored by Brunel University Business School and BAM.   Further details about the workshop are available at http://www.ebusiness-newcastle.com/news/events/07_05_ebusiness.php.

This event was a follow up to the successful workshop at Newcastle University Business School on 9-10 November 2006, which focused on New Frontiers in e-Business, e-Government and e-Learning.  The presentations from this event have been written up by the authors and double blind reviewed, and the selected papers have been published in a special issue of the International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management Vol 2 No.1 (2007).  Full papers are available for downloading at http://www.business-and-management.org/issues.php

E-Business and e-Government have evolved considerably in the last 10 years and it is has now become firmly established as an emerging field of inquiry with a growing number of researchers.  This raises serious conceptual and practical issues with regard to its relationships with Information Systems, especially in terms of their focus, boundary, target audience, as well as key research questions.  There are many mutually beneficial opportunities for collaborations in research and publications and in influencing public perceptions.  The presentations and debates at the workshop highlighted some of the key issues, explored common interests and identified a number of ways forward.  In particular, new opportunities for collaboration between e-Business and e-Government researchers and IS specialists have been identified, as well as the need for stronger links between the e-Business and e-Government SIG with various IS communities such as the UK academy for Information Systems (UKAIS). 

Similar to the Newcastle Workshop, the event was organised over two half days, with an evening social in between allowing participants to network with one another in a more informal setting.  Different from the Newcastle workshop which consisted of four invited keynote presentations and a series of discussions between them, the Brunel workshop consisted of 13 presentations and discussions, including presentations by leading scholars such as Professor Zahir Irani, Professor Steven Guan, Professor Ray Hackney, Professor Guy Fitzgerald and Dr David Wainwright (amongst others).  Some photos from the event are available at http://www.ebusiness-newcastle.com/news/events/07_05_ebusiness_photos.php

All presenters and participants have been invited to submit their papers for a new journal special issue of International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management, which after a double blind review process, selected papers will be published before end of 2007.

For further information about the BAM e-Business and e-Government SIG and its future events, please contact Professor Feng Li by email feng.li@ncl.ac.uk or Dr Savvas Papagiannidis at savvas.papagiannidis@ncl.ac.uk.