Over the last decade, economic and technological advances have created a period of intense globalization. The use of electronic commerce has been expected to spread rapidly around the world with the growth of the Internet; a single world market is emerging in which the opportunities for global business are unforeseeable. Noted as a killer application, researchers believe that the power of e-commerce will destroy old industries and recreate new ones; redefine new markets and transform relationships between business partners, competitors and customers.
Within this report, I discuss Canada's current position in regards to information technology and their adoption of electronic commerce. Canadian industries are explored (manufacturing, resource-based and online pharmaceuticals), providing tangible evidence of the impact the Internet and e-commerce has on globalization. Further, priority areas are presented, indicating which areas the Canadian Government must address in order to take full advantage of the opportunities that e-commerce provides.
I look at the international implications of e-commerce, both in developed and developing countries. The impact that e-commerce on has countries such as Egypt, and how their government is planning for success within this communication revolution. China, a nation touted "the world's next super power," is explored; providing information on the difficulties they face to fully integrate their information systems. And finally, you can decide, is e-commerce truly a killer application, a power that will ultimately affect globalization?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
E-COMMERCE: THE DAWN OF A KILLER APPLICATION 3
CANADA: INNOVATION THROUGH E-COMMERCE 7
Manufacturing ~ McCain Foods Ltd. 8
Resource-Based ~ CanadianLobster.com 9
Online Pharmaceuticals ~ DoctorSolve.com 10
CANADA: THE NEXT STEP 10
Government Privacy Regulations: 11
IT Brain Drain and Future Labour Force: 11
Educating Businesses: 11
Canada's E-Business Image: 12
E-COMMERCE: IS THE REST OF THE WORLD INNOVATING 12
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