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Worlds of E-Commerce: Economic, Geographical and Social Dimensions

ISBN: 978-0-471-49455-3
372 pages
March 2001
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Worlds of E-Commerce
Economic, Geographical and Social Dimensions
THOMAS R. LEINBACH and STANLEY D. BRUNN, both of the University of Kentucky, USA
Worlds of Electronic Commerce attempts to capture the enormous international impact of the recent explosion in information and communication technologies. It stands alone as the first book to tackle the major economic, social, and political issues that electronic commerce raises from interdisciplinary and international perspectives.
Including contributions from leading international scholars from geography, economics, and public policy, it addresses theoretical and conceptual issues and presents case studies on how retailing, job searches, banking and finance, telecommunications, and government regulation are changing with the introduction and diffusion of the Internet and various electronic services. References to rapid developments in these fields are drawn from the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Russia, and the developing world. The implications of these developments on consumer behaviour, existing and new firms, regulatory agencies, and interstate economic development are also discussed.
In summary, the book presents an excellent background for those wanting scholarly treatments of (a) the background of e-commerce, (b) the growing importance of Information and Communication Technologies, and (c) case studies related to specific services making use of e-commerce.
READERSHIP: Academics and Students in Information Economies, Information and Communications Technologies, Economics, Marketing, Retailing, Advertising, Communications, Technology Diffusion, Geography Dealing with Electronic Commerce
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List of Contributors vii

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

Introduction E-Commerce Definition, Dimensions and Constraints xi
Thomas R. Leinbach and Stanley D. Brunn

Part 1 E-commerce: Meaning, Theory, and Impacts

Chapter 1 Emergence of the Digital Economy and E-Commerce 3
Thomas R. Leinbach

Chapter 2 Towards an Economics of the Internet and E-Commerce 27
Kenneth Button and Samantha Taylor

Chapter 3 Beyond Transaction Costs: E-Commerce and the Power of the Internet Dataspace 45
Martin Kenney and James Curry

Chapter 4 Towards a Location Theory of Distributed Computing and E-Commerce 67
Michael F. Goodchild

Chapter 5 Maybe the Death of Distance, but not the End of Geography: the Internet as a Network 87
Edward J. Malecki and Sean P. Gorman

Part II E-Commerce in Firm, Regional, and International Context

Chapter 6 The Information Society, Japanese Style: Corner Stores as Hubs for E-Commerce Access 109
Yuko Aoyama

Chapter 7 Internet Economics and the Outline Recruiting Industry 129
Sharon Cobb

Chapter 8 Grounding Global Flows: Constructing an E-Commerce Hub in Singapore 145
Neil M. Coe and Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Chapter 9 Finding the Source of Amazon.com: Examining the Store with the ‘Earth’s Biggest Selection’
Martin Dodge

Chapter 10 Electronic Banking and the City System in the Netherlands 181
Marina van Geenhuizen and Peter Nijkamp

Chapter 11 Global Electronic Spaces: Singapore’s Role in the Foreign Exchange Market in the Asia Pacific Region 203
John Langdale

Part III E-commerce: Financial, Legal, and State Dimensions

Chapter 12 The Currency of Currency: Speed, Sovereignty, and Electronic Finance 223
Barney Warf and Darren Purcell

Chapter 13 Information and Communication Technologies and the Integration of European Derivatives Markets 241
Dominic Power

Chapter 14 ‘Dry Counties’ in Cyberspace: Governance and Enforcement without Geographic Borders 257
Priscilla M. Regan

Chapter 15 Dot com Development: Are IT Lines Better than Tractors? 277
Mark I. Wilson

Chapter 16 Corporate Nations: The Emergence of New sovereignties 293
Thomas M. Edwards

References 315

Index 345

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