Archive for the ‘Electronic Business’ Category
This study investigates experts’ assessments of the pertinent factors affecting e-business in developing countries from a theory-based national infrastructure perspective. We surveyed experts (business people, academicians, and officials of governmental and nongovernmental organizations) in e-business in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Our PLS analysis shows that experts believed that policies targeted specifically towards e-business are important in affecting e-business capabilities and in obtaining value from e-business, more so than non-specific general ICT policies, which are not significantly influential. ICT infrastructure generally affects e-business capabilities, though this was not found to be the case in Brazil. Experts believed that national government institutions positively affect e-business value in SSA, but not in Latin America. Experts did not believe that commercial infrastructure significantly affects e-business value.
This study theoretically and empirically distinguishes between two different dimensions of e-business outcomes: specific capabilities and value derived from e-business. It operationalizes the effects of national government institutions and commercial infrastructure on e-business outcomes and empirically tests for their effects. The study provides empirical support for conceptual arguments for the need of ICT policies specific to the needs of e-business.
Okoli, C., Mbarika, V., & McCoy, S. (Forthcoming) The Effects of Infrastructure and Policy on E-Business in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. European Journal of Information Systems.
Over the past three decades, much of the continent of Africa has been viewed as the “forgotten continent”. With her many problems of hunger, epidemics, war, and other related socio-economic problems, the diffusion of the Internet and related technologies might be the last thing to be associated with Africa. However, we are experiencing the contrary. These countries are experiencing tremendous growth in Internet connectivity, the use of computers, and in the diffusion of wireless communications. Although still at its starting stages, electronic commerce is one of the growth areas for ICTs in Africa. This paper presents a framework for assessing electronic commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa. It describes the nature of the digital divide, and explains the need for the commercial applications of the Internet in developing countries in general. It presents literature on e-commerce frameworks, ICT diffusion, and ICTs in developing countries that shed light on different aspects of e-commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa. It then presents a consolidating framework that synthesizes these various literature streams, that lays groundwork for a focused body of research in this area.
Okoli, C. and Mbarika, V. (2003). A Framework Assessing E-Commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Special Issue on E-Commerce and Economic and Social Development, Vol. 6, #3.
Hinson R. Boateng R. and SØrensen O. (2008) “E-business Financing: Preliminary Insights from a Developing Economy Context” Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society Vol. 6 Issue 3 pp 196-215.