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Call for Papers: Making sense of the 'E' Phenomenon



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International Journal of Information Technology and Management


Special Issue on



The Essence of E-Commerce, E-Business, E-Government and E-Learning


Guest Editor


Professor Feng Li, PhD

Chair of E-Business Development,

University of Newcastle upon Tyne Business School, UK

Tel +44 (0) 191 222 7976; Fax +44 (0) 191 222 5103; E-mail Feng.Li@ncl.ac.uk



What is E-Business - or E-Commerce, E-Government or E-Learning, for that matter?  Does it still matter today after the spectacular Dot.Com boom and bust?  If so, in what ways and what can we do about it?  These are some of the questions we need to answer in order to make sense of the rapidly evolving E-Phenomenon. 


Since the advertising campaign by IBM in the early 1990s, the 'E' phenomenon has evolved rapidly and its conceptual and practical expansion has been truly phenomenal.  Many new phases have since been invented, from the original e-Commerce and e-Business, to e-Government, e-Public Services, and further to other, sometimes more specific application domains such as e-Learning, e-Health, e-supply chain, e-Logistics, e-tailing, e-banking, e-music, e-holidays ? and indeed, e-verything.  The 'E' prefix has also been added to an increasing number of business management concepts, ranging from e-strategy, e-marketing, and e-business models, to e-leadership and e-HRM.  Moreover, many other phrases without the 'E' prefix but nevertheless overlap with the E-phenomenon have also been adopted to convey similar yet somewhat different meanings.  Examples include M-commerce, M-Marketing, CRM (sometimes, e-CRM)), Internet banking, Agile Organisation (or agile enterprise), and Networked Learning, to name but a few.  


With the rapid conceptual and application expansion of the E-Phenomenon, the limited conceptual clarity of the E-Phenomenon that existed in the 1990s has evaporated almost entirely and confusions have ensued.  Because this is still an emerging and rapidly evolving phenomenon, most researchers active in the field are from other adjacent, more established disciplines such as strategy, marketing or information systems.  As a result, the views people hold are often divergent, biased, incoherent and sometimes contradictory, which creates serious problems for academics, students as well as business executives, civil servants and policy makers.  This calls for strong theoretical underpinning of the vast range of issues in the rapidly expanding 'E' arena.


This special issue aims to explore the essence of the E-Phenomenon by developing taxonomy, examining various conceptual frameworks underpinning the phenomenon, and discussing ways forward.  Key issues include but not limited to:


?         What is the e-phenomenon ? including e-commerce, e-business, e-government and e-learning amongst others - conceptually and in different application and disciplinary domains?

?         Does it still matter today and why? If not, why not?

?         If yes, how does it matter and what can we do about it?

?         Where is it going and what next?


Academics and practitioners are invited to submit conceptually and empirically based original papers to this special issue.  Manuscripts should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages including figures and illustrations, following the standard guidelines for the journal at http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php.  An edited book has also been planned on this theme.  All papers should be submitted via email attachment (in MS Word or .pdf format) to the Guest Editor, Professor Feng Li (Feng.li@ncl.ac.uk) before 30th October 2005.  All papers will be double blind refereed.