E-Business Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs: Driving Competitiveness

E-Business Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs: Driving Competitiveness

Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal) and João Varajão (University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)
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Release Date: September, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 490
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-880-3
ISBN13: 9781616928803|ISBN10: 1616928808|EISBN13: 9781616928827
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Description:

Electronic business plays a central role in the economy, facilitating the exchange of information, goods, services, and payments. It propels productivity and competitiveness and is accessible to all enterprises, and as such, represents an opportunity also for SME competitiveness.

E-Business Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs: Driving Competitiveness discusses the main issues, challenges, opportunities, and solutions related to electronic business adoption, with a special focus on SMEs. Addressing technological, organizational, and legal perspectives in a very comprehensive way, this text aims to disseminate current developments, case studies, new integrated approaches, and practical solutions and applications for SMEs.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of e-commerce
  • Development of e-procurement
  • Enterprise engineering and integration
  • Information and application integration
  • Level of preparedness of SMEs
  • New Business Models
  • Ontologies and taxonomies
  • Privacy and Security
  • Protection against knowledge loss
  • Regulatory Aspects
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The book provides researchers, scholars, professionals with some of the most advanced research developments, solutions and discussions of e-Business challenges, impacts and opportunities for SME under the social, managerial and organizational dimensions. This way, is expected to be read by academics (teachers, researchers and students of several graduate and postgraduate courses) and by professionals of Information Technology, IT managers and responsible, Marketing experts, Enterprise managers (including top level managers), and also technology solutions developers.

– Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, Polytechnic Insitute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal; and José Eduardo Varajão, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
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Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal. She holds a Dipl. Eng. in the field of Systems and Informatics Engineering, an M.Sci. in the field of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and a Dr.Sci in the field of Production Systems Engineering. She teaches subjects related to Information Systems, Information Technologies and Organizational Models to undergraduate and post-graduate studies. She supervises several PhD projects in the domain of Virtual Enterprises and Information Systems and Technologies. She regularly publishes in international peer-reviewed journals and participates in international scientific conferences. She serves as a member of Editorial Boards and as an Associate Editor for several International Journals and for several Scientific Committees of International Conferences. She has authored and edited several books and her work appears in more than 100 papers published in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. She is the co-founder and co-chair of several international conferences: CENTERIS – Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems, ViNOrg - International Conference on Virtual and Networked Organizations: Emergent Technologies and Tools and SeGAH – IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health.
João Varajão is professor at the Department of Engineering of the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Information Systems management, project management and software engineering. He also supervises several Msc and PhD projects in the domain of Information Systems management, Information Systems outsourcing and e-business. He earned his PhD and MSc from the University of Minho. His scientific interests include Information Systems management, chief Information Systems profession, enterprise Information Systems and project management. He has over 200 publications, including books, book chapters, refereed publications and communications at international conferences. He serves as associate editor and member of editorial board for international journals and has served in several scientific committees of international conferences. He is founder and co-chair of CENTERIS – Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems.
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Editorial Review Board
  • José Afonso Bulas Cruz, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Goran D. Putnik, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
  • Adamantios Koumpis, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Vítor Fernandes, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
  • Raul Morais, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • António Trigo, Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Emanuel Peres, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Nuno Lopes, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal
  • Patrícia Gonçalves, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal