How e-markets affect the supply chain

E-markets have been established in many industries as a sourcing option for buyers. Research  has implied that the e-markets have substitutional effect on the traditional supply chain, yet in many situations, e-markets are used by buyers as a benchmarking tool in negotiations with traditional suppliers.  The late 1990s and early 2000s have seen the rise and fall of many e‑marketplaces. Despite being hyped for their ability to benefit firms through dynamic pricing as well as lower transaction costs, most e‑markets failed, never reaching their expected potential. Continue reading “How e-markets affect the supply chain”

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How the internet affects Porter’s 5 forces model

In the emerging global economy, e-commerce and e-business have increasingly become a necessary component of business strategy and a strong catalyst for economic development.

Porter, the strategy guru, used concepts developed in Industrial Organization (IO) economics to derive five forces which determine the competitive intensity and therefore attractiveness of a market. This model describes the attributes of an attractive industry and thus suggests that opportunities will be greater, and threats less, in these kinds of industries. Attractiveness in this context refers to the overall industry profitability. An “unattractive” industry is one where the combination of forces acts to drive down overall profitability. A very unattractive industry would be one approaching “pure competition”. Continue reading “How the internet affects Porter’s 5 forces model”

How to Classify e-Payment systems

The term “electronic payment systems” covers to a variety of payment mechanisms. Furthermore, this is domain is in a constant state of change with new schemes emerging and existing schemes being modified, often substantially. The principal classification of EPSs is based on the form of money representation and the principle of money transfer. Existing payment systems can be divided into two groups: electronic cash mechanisms (or electronic currency) and credit-debit systems, (Medvinsky & Neuman, 1993).

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Top 10 trends in Information Management technologies

Information management appears to be the talk of the day amongst all technology buzz. Information management or IM is the collection and management of information from one or more sources and the distribution of that information to one or more audiences. Management means the organization of and control over the structure, processing and delivery of information. Continue reading “Top 10 trends in Information Management technologies”

How to analyze business case studies

There is no one best approach to analysis of an management case study. However, a number of general steps and guidelines can be followed to ensure better case analysis. Although the following steps are presented sequentially, it may be necessary during a specific case analysis to reorder or modify them, as they are intended to provide a general framework. Continue reading “How to analyze business case studies”

The Past, Present and Future of Information Systems Management Research

Information systems research has long been an area of interest for researchers as it started evolving as a discipline with its own identity, since the late 20th century, since the early 1970s. IS scholars had been researching and teaching a set of diverse topics associated with information technologies, IT infrastructures and IT-enabled business solutions (i.e., information systems), and the immediate antecedents and consequences of these information systems (e.g., managing, planning, designing, building, modifying, implementing, supporting, and/or assessing IT-based systems that serve, directly or indirectly, practical purposes), ever since IS evolved as a discipline of its own. Ever since the inception IS research has evolved to incorporate more contemporary areas of research in the recent times. This paper attempts to analyze the research trends in information systems research in contemporary times, by analyzing publications for 8 years, of the top three academic journals in the discipline.

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Web enablement implications for business strategy

E-business is a term used to describe businesses run on the Internet, or utilizing Internet technologies to improve the productivity or profitability of a business. In a more general sense, the term may be used to describe any form of electronic business – that is to say, any business which utilizes information technology. This usage is somewhat archaic, however, and in most contexts e-business refers exclusively to Internet enabled businesses.

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How was data security in the banking industry implemented

Data security is a major concern in the banking industry where over the years technology has been used to implement various standards to facilitate the implementation of security in the various transactions and internal processes in the industry. Post 1996, banks started implementing data security in transactions using EDI or Electronic data Interchange standards. Financial EDI standards were developed to cater to the requirements of financial institutions like banks.

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