e-Business & e-Government Special Interest Group (SIG) Workshop


3rd-4th May 2007 - Brunel University

Organizers: Dr Michael Bourlakis (Brunel University), Dr Savvas Papagiannidis (Newcastle University), Professor Feng Li (Newcastle University)

Thanks to the sponsorship of BAM ebusiness & e-Government SIG and Brunel University Business School. registration for this event is free.

Update: Photographs from the event

The e-Business & e-Government SIG would like to invite academics and practitioners to participate in an interactive workshop at Brunel University to explore the future directions of e-Business and Information Systems research.  The main purposes are to: (1). Investigate the relationships between e-Business and Information Systems as rapidly evolving fields of research. (2). Discuss and debate key issues of common interest between participants; and (3). Facilitate collaborations in research and publications.  In the past three years, this SIG has successfully edited four journal special issues and one book, in conjunction with the e-Business & e-Government Track at BAM annual conferences. We are currently negotiating with a number of journal editors and book publishers for a journal special issue and/or an edited book. This workshop will provide a useful forum for you to test your ideas and shape the focus of the journal special issue as well as the agenda of the SIG in general. 


The first Internet boom started in the mid-1990s, and it quickly led to a dot.com bubble on the stock markets, which eventually went burst in 2001.  However, the market recovered very rapidly and by 2006, there was already talk about a second Internet boom which is much more robust than the first one. For many commentators, the Internet boom itself has never stopped, because even during the stock market downturn people from all over the world continued to join the Internet to search, chat, e-mail and spend money. Today, the way we work, play, communicate, learn and shop has changed significantly, and in business, governmental, educational and voluntary organisations throughout the world, new strategies, new business models and new organisational designs are increasingly adopted to exploit the new opportunities and challenges enabled by the Internet and related technologies.  Furthermore, continuous rapid developments in Internet and related technologies, infrastructure, services and applications (from Massively multiplayer online role-playing game and social networking to Wed 2.0 and Service Oriented Architecture) are leading to new opportunities – and challenges – that could not even be envisaged only a few years ago.  Consequently, one of the most significant current debates in the e-Business arena is on what e-Business is - and isn’t - and where it is going. 

These developments have also posed serious challenges – and opportunities - for researchers and practitioners in Information Systems.  Information systems as a field of research has gone through considerable developments in the last 10 years, but given the rapid pace of technological change, as well as developments and expansion in adjacent research fields, it has become increasingly necessary to revisit issues surrounding its focus and boundary and its key audience.  Today, many people’s research straddles these two overlapping and closely linked fields. We would like to dedicate this workshop to exploring, debating and clarifying practical and conceptual issues in e-Business and Information Systems. 

The Workshop

The workshop will be organised as a series of presentations by participants; combined with themed discussions around a range of issues.  Possible topics include (but not exclusively):

•   What are the relationships between e-Business and Information Systems?  Where do we draw the line?
• What are the most significant developments in technology, infrastructure, services and applications that will affect our research?  What are the main opportunities and challenges in the next five years?
•   Reviews on how e-Business and Information Systems have evolved from their inception to where we are today. 
•   How might we study them? Are existing research methodologies and methods still appropriate, or do we need to develop new methodologies/methods?
•   What theoretical frameworks, techniques and skills do we need to address emerging issues?


If you would like to attend, please email Dr Papagiannidis ( ). Participants are kindly asked to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Relevant information is provided below.

Program - Download Abstracts

Each speaker will have 20mins to present a paper which will be followed by 10mins of questions from the floor.

Thursday 3rd May, 2007: Location Elliott Jaques Building - MBA Conference Room, Brunel University (Adjacent to Kingston Lane)


Registration and Lunch (BRESE Room)


Welcome notes – Prof. Feng Li & Dr. Michael Bourlakis


Prof. Zahir Irani: “Investment Evaluation: Navigating Through the Problem Domain”


Prof. Feng Li: “E-Business & Information Systems: Our Common Research Agenda”


Coffee Break (BRESE Room)


Prof. Steven Guan: “Capturing User Preference for Product Brokering”


Dr. Richard Duncombe: “E-commerce Innovation in SMEs: A Motivation-Ability Perspective”


Prof. Ray Hackney: “Inter-organizational Knowledge Networks: a construction and sustainability analysis”


Dr. Nandish Patel: “Deferred Action: theoretical model of process architecture design for emergent organization”

 19:30-22:30 - Dinner and networking: Nonna Rosa (119 High St, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1JT)

Friday 4th May, 2007: Location Elliott Jaques Building - MBA Conference Room, Brunel University (Adjacent to Kingston Lane)


Prof. Guy Fitzgerald: “The development of an e-Business portal that changed a company”


Dr. Fintan Clear: “eGovernment and Disability: Digital Equality?”


Dr. Eric See-to: “Will Mobile Video become the Killer Application for 3G? – An Empirical Model for Media Convergence”


Coffee Break (BRESE Room)


Dr. Lampros Stergioulas: “Business process-oriented learning: the emerging role of corporate Information Systems”


Dr. David Wainwright: “Information Systems and E-Business: IS IT Confusing for Teaching, Research and Practice?”


Dr. David Bell: “Innovation or Observation: A design research approach to e-Business future states”


Dr. Habin Lee: “Collaboration Support in Mobile Business Processes: Integrating Service, Component and Agent Technology”


Closing note – Prof. Feng Li & Dr. Michael Bourlakis


Participants will need to book their own accommodation. For hotel listings and prices please visit one of the following sites:

Travel Information: Getting to Brunel University, Uxbridge Campus