Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 389–399 | Cite as

Electronic Commerce Internet Strategies and Business Models-A Survey

  • Jaana Porra


Today, any doubts about possibilities of significant profits over the Internet are a distant memory. Such has been the proliferation of Internet-based business on the public network. But electronic commerce has turned out to be more difficult to master than previously assumed. For many, ventures have been less lucrative than expected. The problem is that integrating business models with technology is a multifaceted and largely open question (Shaw, et al. 1997). How do businesses of various sizes and industries actually start their Internet activity and how do their business models change over time? More specifically, how do their different Internet strategies play out? This article is the result of a survey of the Internet strategies and business models of 280 companies that sell products and services on the public network. The results show that electronic commerce has penetrated companies of all sizes. Based on this survey it is apparent that while many companies have participated in electronic commerce for years, their business models are still in their infancy stages.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaana Porra
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  1. 1.Department of Information and Decision Sciences, Management Information SystemsUniversity of Houston, University of Houston, College of Business AdministrationHouston

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