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E-Business and the SME: International Perspectives of Deployment

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

The term E-business emerged in the early 2000s as an all encompassing term to describe information communication technology usage within the Internet generation. The generation was perceived as the saviour of the small business sector and would revolutionalise business models and practices. In the initial years there were several high profile E-business failures due to overpriced stock market valuations and insufficient trading markets. However, in recent years the philosophy of E-Business has become more accepted within the SME sector. Use of online auctions sites have become embedded within society and created a generation of internet entrepreneurs. Within the private sector, E-Business has been evidenced by widespread usage of websites and online trading. However, there is a mixed and incomplete literature regarding the success of the SME sector in successfully utilizing E-Business and further evidence is required to verify its performance. This special edition seeks papers that contribute to this debate.

This special issue focuses on examining the impact of E-Business from an international perspective. Papers are requested that describe innovative applications of E-business within the sector that enhance performance, competitiveness and profitability. It also seeks papers that contribute new research approaches and methodologies to our understanding of this field. The edition would welcome papers with an international dimension in terms of E-business experience. Specific topics focused on the SME sector may include, but are not limited to the following:

- Approaches used within E-Business implementation
- Customer Relationship management systems in an SME context
- E-Business deployment in International contexts.
- E-Business planning and management strategies to enable strategic advantage
- E-Business/E-Commerce and the Internet
- E-Business mobile commerce and technology
- E-Business systems and sustainability
- Globalisation and E-Business
- Perspectives on E-business evaluation within the SME sector
- Perspectives and usage of social media within the SME sector
- Perspectives and usage of social networking within the SME sector
- Usage of web 2.0 in an SME context
- SME E-Business impact on society
- Web site development and evaluation

Submission deadline:

31st March 2012

When preparing your manuscript for submission, please follow Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development guidelines.  Suitable articles will be subjected to double blind peer review.

Initial queries can be made to Dr Paul Jones at [email protected].

Copies should be submitted via the journal's ScholarOne website:

Guest Editors

Dr Paul Jones, Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan
Dr Martin Beckinsale, Leicester Business School, DeMontfort University
Professor Gary Packham, Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan