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Newcastle Digital Economy Hub (SiDE) & Newcastle University Business School

24th/25th May / Newcastle University

Organisers: Professor Feng Li, Dr Savvas Papagiannidis, Dr Eric See-to

The BAM e-Business & e-Government special interest group would like to invite academics and practitioners to participate in an interactive workshop in Newcastle to explore emerging opportunities and challenges in e-Business and e-Government in the new digital economy. The main purposes are to

  1. Identify emerging technologies and applications in the digital economy
  2. Explore emerging theoretical and methodological challenges
  3. Facilitate collaborations in research and publications among our members.

In the past few years, this SIG successfully edited six journal special issues and one edited book, in conjunction with the e-Business & e-Government Track at BAM annual conferences and with our SIG workshops between annual conferences. Selected papers from this workshop will be published in a new journal special issue we are currently developing.


Digital Economy is the ‘novel design or use of information and communication technologies to help transform the lives of individuals, society or business’. Research Councils UK launched a major digital economy programme with substantial funding to help understand these technologies and why change is needed, what the impacts will be and who will benefit. RCUK believes that the use of technology to capture, share and manipulate information is an established cornerstone of our society and the economy. The research that underpins this capability is well established and the UK has a world-leading ICT research capacity. Increasingly, the novel, innovative and in some cases subversive design and use of new technologies can affect an individual’s life choices, change the way society interacts, offer new modes of interaction for government, revolutionise existing business processes or create new business paradigms. Challenges in the Digital Economy will require multi-disciplinary input across a broad spectrum of subjects. So far RCUK has committed £83M for research (2008-2011) and £34M for doctoral training (2008-2013). Newcastle was fortunate to be awarded substantial funding (£12.6M) to establish a Digital Economy Hub to explore critical issues in Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE).

The digital economy provides both exciting new opportunities and challenges to e-Business and e-Government research. Our SIG is ideally positioned to tackle some of the key issues. For example, how to make a business case for novel, new technologies and applications in the digital economy; how to develop sustainable business models in different sectors and domains; and conceptually, how to provide coherence amongst the vast number of new concepts, theories and ideas, from open source business models and new service design to sustainable social innovations. This workshop is intended to bring together academics and practitioners interested in such issues and explore new opportunities for collaborations.

Abstract Submission & Registration

This is a free workshop. This workshop will continue to adopt the successful format of two half-days, with a social evening in between.You can attend this workshop even if you are not presenting. To register and submit an abstract please email your contact details to Dr Savvas Papagiannidis.


We plan to start the Workshop around mid-day on the 24th May to allow people to arrive; and then finish the workshop at mid-day on 25th May.Each speaker will have 45mins to present a topic which will be followed by a questions from the floor and a round the table discussions.

Monday 24th May, 2010: Room 2.22, Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University


Registration and lunch

Welcome note - Prof. Paul Watson

Prof. Feng Li: "Digital Economy Hub - Inclusion in the digital economy"


Dr Emmanouil Tranos: "The causal effect of the Internet infrastructure on the economic development of the European city-regions"

Dr Kostas Giannoutakis: "Cluster effectiveness and buyer – Seller dynamics in a digital business ecosystem: A digital economy theoretical approach featuring trust and preferences"

Coffee Break

15:30-16:15 John Effah: Thinking local in a global network environment: Promoting a funeral web portal in an emerging digital economy

Stephen Lindsay: 'The Role of Digital Assistive Technology in the Provision of Healthcare for the Elderly and Disabled'

19:00-21:00 - Dinner and networking: Strada

Tuesday 25th May, 2010: Room 2.22, Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University )


Dr Eric See-to "Mobile gaming and E-cash Services"


Florian Stahl: "Way way back: Measuring web site change over time"


Coffee Break

SIG Discussion and AoB / Closing note: Prof. Feng Li


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