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Keshni Anand Arora has an M.Phil. from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and an M.B.A.
from the University of Western Sydney. She is currently working in Indian Administra-
tive Services (IAS-1983 batch). Her experience portfolio includes supply chain manage-
ment for Directorate of Supply and Disposal Haryana, Administration of Haryana
Industries and strategy formulation for development of rural India. She has presented
papers in these areas both at the national and international level.

Parthasarathi Banerjee is a Scientist with NISTADS (National Institute of Science,
Technology & Development Studies), New Delhi (India). He has research interests in
the areas of economics of technological change, innovation studies, strategy research,
ethical and other issues. As visiting faculty, he teaches several papers relating to
strategy, ethics and business process. He has nine books and several papers, has
organized conferences, advised industrial firms and has undertaken several sponsored
research projects. Currently, he is working on knowledge economy and his forthcoming
book from Palgrave-Macmillan (London) is Indian Software Strategies, 2004.

Saundarjya Borbora is presently Head of the Department, Department of Humanities and
Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and is an Associate Professor
in Economics. Dr. Borbora completed a Master™s in Economics (1983) and then completed
a Ph.D. (1993). Dr. Borbora started teaching in 1985. In 1995, Dr. Borbora was selected
by the Government of India on deputation under Colombo Plan to work in Bhutan, and
served for about three years. In 1998, Dr. Borbora joined IIT Guwahati, has published
a number of papers/chapters at national and international levels, and has attended
conferences and seminars in India and abroad.

Stanley D. Brunn, Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington (USA),
has wide interests in human geography. These include electronic human geographies,
innovative time-space mapping, visualization, and electronic scholarly communities and
communication. He has written chapters and edited books on e-commerce, information
and communication, political geography, social geography, ethnicity, world urbaniza-

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tion, the geopolitics of 9-11, and disciplinary history. His co-edited Geography and
Technology (Kluwer, 2004) contains 25 chapters that examine how advances in various
technologies have changed the production and dissemination of geo-information. He
has taught at the University of Florida, Michigan State University, and many European
and Central Asian universities.

Narendra S. Chaudhari has been with the Division of Information Systems, School of
Computer Engineering (SCE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, as
an Associate Professor since December 2001. He obtained his Ph.D., M.Tech. (Computer
Science), and B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (with Distinction) from IIT, Bombay (1988,
1983 and 1981, respectively). He has been a Fellow for the Institute of Electronics and
Telecom Engineers (IETE), India, since 2000, and member of many professional societies.
He has a varied experience in industry and R&D organizations, and had been with Devi
Ahilya University since 1988. He has been Professor of Computer Science since June
1990. He has been on various committees of the University and he had been a Dean with
the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Devi Ahilya University, Indore (1995-1997). During
this period, the University started the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET),
which currently offers B.E. programs in electronics and comm. engineering, computer
engineering, and mechanical engineering. He has more than 80 publications and two
books to his credit. He has successfully guided eight Ph.D.™s in Computer Science and
Engineering. He had been Chairman with the Computer Society of India (CSI), Indore
Chapter (1997-1999). He has been invited by various universities abroad to deliver
colloquium lectures/research talks, as well as teaching assignments. The list of countries
he has visited includes America, Australia, Germany, and Japan.

Alev M. Efendioglu is a Professor of Management and Information Systems at the School
of Business and Management (SOBAM), University of San Francisco (USF) (USA).
Having joined USF in 1977, he has served at various times as Chair of SOBAM™s many
faculty committees (including Peer Review and Academic Standards Committees), as
Coordinator of the Management Teaching Area, and as the Coordinator of the USF-
EMBA Program for Guangdong Enterprises in China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and
Guangzhou). He has extensive consulting experience and has authored two books,
chapters in two books, and articles in numerous professional publications. These include
Business Horizons, Journal of American Academy of Business, Journal of Asia-Pacific
Business, and Journal of Small Business Strategy. His research “Acceptance and Use
of Information Technology among Small Retail and Service Businesses,” was awarded
“Best Paper in the Small Business/Entrepreneurship Track” at the Western Decision
Sciences Institute, 26th Annual Meeting (March 25-29, 1997). He has also earned
“Outstanding Research” and “Service” awards from the School of Business and Man-
agement, University of San Francisco. He is a member and holds administrative positions
in a number of domestic and international professional organizations, including the
Academy of Management. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of
Ameristock Mutual Fund companies. For more detailed information on Dr. Efendioglu,
please visit his Internet home page (http://www.usfca.edu/alev/alev.htm) (developed
and maintained on an ongoing basis).

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Kai M. Grebe was born in Lich, Germany in 1976. After his school leaving examination
and military service, he took up studies in business administration at the University of
Bayreuth (German) in 1997. In 1999, he passed his intermediate examinations. His focus
as Research Assistant at the Chair of Economic Policy is primarily on Information
Management. In 2002, his diploma thesis interrelates specific aspects of electronic
commerce to transaction cost economics. At present, he is about to complete his degree
and intends to continue research on this subject area as an Assistant Lecturer.

Irene Henriques is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York
University, Canada. Her research interests span both economics and management and
include the economics of R&D, industrial organization, environmental economics and
environmental management and sustainability. She has published numerous articles in
these areas. In 1997, she was the recipient of the Schulich School of Business Research
Award. In 2003, she was won Best Paper Award for the Strategy Division of the
Administrative Sciences Association of Canada for “Stakeholder Influences and
Sustainability Practices in the Canadian Forest Products Industry.” She is currently a
member of the advisory board for the Haub Program in Business and Sustainability and
is a member of an OECD working group on environmental policy and firm level manage-

Purva Kansal is a faculty member at the University Business School, Panjab University,
Chandigarh (India). She has an M.B.A. from the International Institute of Management,
Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (1998) and completed her Ph.D. from Panjab
University Chandigarh (2002). She is a co-author of Basics of Distribution Management
(Prentice Hall of India) and Marketing Logistics (Pearson Publishers). Her areas of
expertise include logistics, SCM, and marketing. She has published articles in the areas
of marketing and logistics. She is also actively involved with local industry in their
strategy formulation activities.

Yutaka Kurihara is a Professor of International Economics at Aichi University, Japan.
He was a Lecturer and Associate Professor at Koryo International College. He majors in
international economics, finance, currency integration, market integration, US-Europe-
Asia-Japan economic relationship, managerial economics, education, and digital economy.
His recent published books are, Business & Policy Design in the Globalization (2003),
Intellectual Skills for Freshmen (2003) and EU Currency Integration (2000) (in Japa-
nese). He is a member of the American Economic Association, Business & Economics
Society International, European Economic Association, and some academic associa-
tions of economics, business and education in Japan.

Milind J. Mahajan has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (electronics) from Pune
University (1988), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University
of Indore (1993). He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and he has
been Founder Director of three companies: (i) Sunind Systems Pvt. Ltd. “ Pune based
company, (ii) Mirash Infotech Pvt. Ltd. “ an Indore based company, and, (iii) Milman

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Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd. “ an Indore based company. He has been involved in the
development of educational systems using Java-based web technologies, and is in-
volved in systems analysis and design, as well as monitoring implementation of
educational solutions developed by Sunind Systems Pvt. Ltd. His other areas of interest
include high power electronic circuit designs, and ERP solutions. He has been on the
board of directors of Co-operative Bank at Indore, and has been a member of the Board
of Governors, Computer Society of India™s Indore chapter.

Simon Mowatt is a Senior Research Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology (New
Zealand). He is Visiting Fellow to the Centre for International Business History at the
University of Reading (UK), has worked at the Centre for International Business Studies
at South Bank University (UK), Loughborough Business School (UK), and has been a
Professor Becinario at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). He has
published in journals such as Industrial and Corporate Change and Industry and
Innovation. Technology, innovation, networks and business history are his main areas
of interest and he was awarded the 2002 IBM e-Business Conference Best Paper with
Howard Cox.

Chipo Mukonoweshuro is currently conducting doctoral research at Durham Business
School, University of Durham, UK, where she gained her M.B.A. (2002). Her research is
concerned with the internationalization of Southern African financial service firms. Her
professional experience includes employment with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Southern
Africa as a Management Consultant, helping key high profile clients to maximize their
business performance by integrating strategic change, process improvement and tech-
nology enhancement solutions. She has also worked for the Merchant Bank of Southern
Africa, participating in various mandates including capital reconstructions and

Donghyun Park, Associate Professor, has been with Nanyang Technological University
in Singapore since June 1995. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA. His general
research interests include international economics, development economics, political
economy, applied microeconomics, and East Asian economies. His specific research
interests include East Asian financial reform and restructuring, international income
distribution and convergence, and the effect of scale economies on firm behavior and
international trade. A/P Park has published his work extensively in refereed international
journals and presented his research at many international academic conferences. He has
taught economics courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Kyonghwan Park received his M.A. in Geography Education from Seoul National
University (2000) and is currently a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University
of Kentucky (USA). Drawing on poststructuralist studies of the Internet and cyberspace,
he is interested in cultural geographies of contemporary digital economy. He is complet-
ing his doctoral work on the development of South Korean transnational economy and
its relation to urban spatial changes in the Asia-Pacific region since the 1997 Asian
financial crisis.

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Thomas Pfahler was born in Treuchtlingen, Germany in 1965. After his schooling he
attended the University of Bayreuth (1984-1990) and graduated in Business Administra-
tion and Political Economics. His main research interests are in the labor market,
transaction cost economics and growth theory. He became an Assistant Lecturer at the
Chair of Economic Policy (1990) and was awarded a Ph.D. for a thesis on hysteresis and
unemployment policy four years later. In 1999, he qualified as a university lecturer and
was then appointed assistant professor. To date he has published several papers,
textbooks and a monograph on human capital and efficiency.

Sougata Poddar is on the faculty of Economics at the National University of Singapore.
He has received his Ph.D. from CORE (Centre for Operations Research and Economet-
rics), Belgium. His areas of research interest include industrial organization, imperfect
competition and applied game theory. He has held positions as Research Fellow at the
Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen and CORE, Belgium. He has taught
at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. His has written
and co-authored articles in the International Journal of industrial Organization,
Economic Theory, Review of Economic Design, Economics Letters among other publi-

Joanne Roberts is a Lecturer in International Business at Durham Business School,
University of Durham, UK. Her research interests include knowledge intensive services,
new information and communication technologies and knowledge transfer, and the
internationalization of services. She is author of Multinational Business Service Firms
(Ashgate, 1998), and co-editor of Knowledge and Innovation in the New Service
Economy (Edward Elgar, 2000) and Living with Cyberspace: Technology and Society in
the 21st Century (Continuum, 2002). She is also co-editor of the new journal Critical
Perspectives on International Business, published by Emerald, which will be launched
in 2005.

Fjodor Ruzic is Doctor of Information Sciences at the University of Zagreb where he is
Lecturer in New Media and Interactive Multimedia Systems. He is currently at the
Croatian Government Office for Internet Infrastructure Development as a consultant in
information-communications systems, interactive multimedia, and information services.
His recent research activities are covering the integration of information content and
integration impacts on development of information theory and practice. He has worked
in information sciences since 1975, and as an active participant, he is a member of many
national and international bodies relating to telecommunications systems integrity,
information resources management and multimedia system environment. He was worked
on both research and implementation sides of networked databases, educational mate-
rial, and digital media. He published more than 110 scientific and research papers in
various international journals and he is author of four books dealing with graphical user
interfaces, multimedia and the Internet.

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Perry Sadorsky is currently an Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Business
at York University in Toronto (Canada). He has previously taught at the University of
California, Riverside, and has been a Visiting International Scholar at the University of
California, Davis. He specializes in modeling, simulation and forecasting in economics
and finance. His research interests include financial markets and the economy, energy
trading and risk management, corporate commitment to the natural environment, and
globalization, technology and international trade and finance. He has published exten-
sively in these areas. He is a member of an OECD working group on environmental policy
and firm level management.

Gary P. Schneider is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Information Systems
at the University of San Diego (USA), where he teaches courses in electronic commerce,
database design, supply chain management, and management accounting. Gary has
published more than 40 books and 70 research papers on a variety of accounting,
information systems, and management topics. His books have been translated into
Chinese, French, Italian, and Korean. Gary™s research has been funded by the Irvine
Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. Gary is a licensed C.P.A. in Ohio. He holds
a Ph.D. in Accounting Information Systems from the University of Tennessee, an M.B.A.
in Accounting from Xavier University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of

Sushil K. Sharma is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Information
Systems and Operations Management, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (USA). He
received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Pune. Dr. Sharma has
a unique distinction of having been conferred two doctoral degrees. Prior to joining Ball
State, Dr. Sharma held the Associate Professor position at the Indian Institute of
Management, Lucknow (India), and Visiting Research Associate Professor at the
Department of Management Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. Co-author of two
textbooks in IT (Programming in C and Understanding Unix), and four edited books,
Dr. Sharma™s research contributions have appeared in many peer-reviewed national and
international journals, conferences and seminars™ proceedings. Dr. Sharma™s primary
teaching and research interests are in e-commerce, networking environments, network
security, ERP systems, database management systems, information systems analysis &
design and knowledge management. Dr. Sharma has been a reviewer and a special editor
for many renowned journals in information systems area. Apart from teaching and
guiding students for various innovative IS related topics, Dr. Sharma has wide experience
of consulting in information systems and e-commerce area, network security and has
served as a advisor and consultant to several government and private organizations
including World Bank funded projects. Dr. Sharma has also conducted a number of
Executive Development Programs for corporate world and Government organizations on
e-commerce, Networking Environments, and database-related subjects.

Helen Thompson is Manager of the Centre for Electronic Commerce and Communications
(CECC) at the University of Ballarat, Australia. Through education, training, research and
consultancies, CECC promotes the advancement of electronic commerce, particularly

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through its practical application. Ms. Thompson has extensive experience in regional
development and in managing portal and web-based development projects. In her
doctoral research, Ms. Thompson has examined the concept of rejuvenating and
sustaining regional and rural communities. She has also explored how community
informatics initiatives can be developed in different regional and rural contexts. Ms.
Thompson has contributed chapters in several books, published refereed articles and
conference papers, and authored a number of reports in her areas of research interest
which are primarily related to the role of clustering and of information and communication
technologies in a regional and rural development context.

Sunil S. Umrani has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (electronics) from Pune
University (1988). He was actively involved in engineering education at Maharashtra
State where he worked in the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, one of the engineer-
ing colleges, as a Lecturer from 1989-1995. At this institute, he has been the recipient
of the Best Lecturer Award (1993). From 1995-1997, he worked with a software consultancy
firm, ATIC, Pune. Bringing together the unique experience in the field of engineering
education as well as web-based solutions, he has been involved with conceptualizing
the web-based portal “engineeringcampus.com” since 1998. Currently, he is CEO of
Sunind Systems Pvt. Ltd. (India), a Pune-based company having a main focus on web-
based engineering education, specially geared for requirements of thousands of engi-
neering students in Maharashtra State in India.

Vincent F. Yip is an International Lecturer and Consultant with wide global experience
and contacts. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science (USC ™73) and M.B.A. (USD ™76).
He was the Chief Scientist and Administrator of the Singapore Science Park (1980-1989)
and served as Singapore™s Deputy Ambassador to the EC (1989-1991). He consulted in
China, the US, Europe, Mexico and Egypt for clients such as World Bank, Asian
Development Bank, and UNDP. He was awarded the prestigious French Government
Decoration Palmes Academiques in 1989 for important contribution to France™s scien-
tific/technology fields. Vincent F. Yip has been a Visiting Professor at Northwestern
University™s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Adjunct Professor at Qinghua
University and the University of San Francisco. His teaching and research fields include
technology policy, cross-cultural management, international talent flow, product man-
agement and project management. He is a sought-after international speaker and has
written numerous articles for magazines and business journals, and is the author of three

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Baudrillard, Jean 288
Bauer 141
academic publishing 165 biometrics 121
access to government 218 borderless economy 3
advantages of digital cash 88 bounded rationality 149
advertising revenue model 161 branded manufacturers 142
advertising-subscription combination broadband 291
model 162 BTX 68
advertising-subscription combined building regional capacity 218
revenue model 162 bundles 160
affirmative act 114 bundling 13
Africa One 261 business circuits 22
American depository receipts (ADR) 46 business functionality 169
AOL-Time-Warner 141 business models 99
application logic 169 business processes 62
Ararat Online 224 business transactions 22
audio recordings 155 buy-side procurement 375
Austrian theory 21 buyer power 142
authentication 111
automatic teller machines (ATMs) 261
cannibalization 161
capital asset pricing model (CAPM) 44
bank transfers 63 capital cities 200
banking in Africa 254 case studies 217
barter strategies 157 Casson 149
batch deliveries 143 certificate of deposit (CD) 87

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