Call for Papers (Vol. 4, No. 2)

Special Issue on:
"E-Government & E-Business as Complementary Innovations: Transferable Lessons and Diffusion Dynamics"

to be published in
International Journal of Electronic Business (IJEB)
ISSN (Online): 1741-5063 - ISSN (Print): 1470-6067

Guest Editors:
Prof. Emilio Paolucci and Prof. Marco Cantamessa
Dipartimento di Sistemi di Produzione ed Economia dell' Azienda
Politecnico di Torino, Italy


The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in private corporations (e-Business) and governments (e-Government) has in recent years attracted a significant amount of interest from academics working in different fields. This interest has lead to an abundant number of studies discussing the advantages to be enjoyed, thanks to the adoption of ICT and the associated change in organizations and in business practice. E-business and e-government are generally viewed by scholars as two phenomena that are quite similar in nature, yet occur independently one another. As a consequence, the two are generally studied separately, though using a common background concerning research methods. Recent research has started to suggest that e-business and e-government are related indeed, and therefore ought to be studied together.

The main element supporting such relationship is the economic worth of interactions occurring between businesses and public bodies, with the latter acting as providers of services and/or as purchasers of goods and services. Moreover, the transfer of "lessons- learnt" and best practices across the two domains may be considered to be an important source of innovation for the ICT industry that caters to the needs of firms and public authorities.

In a period of economic change, these themes are remarkably relevant, since they may act as catalysts of economic and social progress in both developed and developing countries. As a matter of fact, partnerships between public and private entities have in many instances become key instruments in enabling the development of regional "ecosystems" capable of sustaining the local economy by stimulating innovation and fostering greater efficiency within industry.

This special issue of the International Journal of e-Business aims to stimulate the creation of academic papers focused on the study of relationships between e-Business and e- Government, ultimately advancing the understanding of how the process of public-private collaboration may evolve in the future and what lessons may be transferred from one context to the other.

Potential contributions may include:

  1. Papers investigating the strategy and the objectives that underlie projects involving e- business and e-government, from the perspectives of both private firms and public decision- makers.
  2. Theoretical and conceptual papers that focus on organizational change and transition processes involved in the implementation of initiatives involving e-business and e- government.
  3. Case studies of both successful and unsuccessful organizational transformations involving the implementation of E-Business/E-Government projects.
  4. Methodologies for the study of organizational change and transformation involving E- Business/E-Government initiatives.
  5. Diffusion studies on e-business and e-government, focused on the complementary nature of the two phenomena, and considering the influence of policies, institutional frameworks and socio-economics.

Important Note

This special issue is based on a collection of best papers presented at ICEB 2004: International Conference on Electronic Business. Although public submissions are welcome, authors are encouraged to submit their papers to ICEB 2004 for presentation before the conference submission due date of August 1 (read more: Papers submitted to this special issue via the JMS portal will be reviewed after the ICEB 2004 conference, rather than on the normal rolling basis.

Subject Coverage

Some of the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Important Dates

Submission of papers : 01 January, 2005
Notification of acceptance : 01 September, 2005
Publication schedule : March 2006 (Vol.4, No.2)

Submission Instructions

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used to select papers for the special issue.

The submitted manuscripts should follow the instructions as outlined in the Author Portal found on the IJEB Website (see URL below).  Electronic submission in PDF format is required.  Accepted papers must follow the guidelines posted at: to format the final papers.

For any questions and article submissions, please contact:
Prof. Emilio Paolucci ([email protected]) and Prof. Marco Cantamessa ([email protected])
Guest Editors, IJEB
Dipartimento di Sistemi di Produzione ed Economia dell'Azienda
Politecnico di Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24
10129 - Turin, Italy

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