Scope and Goals of the Conference

Over the past few years, electronic commerce has emerged as a dramatic new model of conducting business. Advances in telecommunications, automated processes, decision technologies, economics, and management are already forcing dramatic changes in a variety of industries, ranging from banking and finance to music and entertainment. Yet, the electronic business space is still in a relatively early state of evolution, and many of the significant advances in understanding and implementing e-commerce are occurring concurrently in academia and industry. Thus, dialogue on this field between academia and industry is important. As electronic business spans a wide range of reference disciplines, forums focusing on e-commerce research are vital to stimulate the necessary interactions and knowledge sharing across this broad community.


The 8th International Conference on Electronic Commerce Research ICECR-8 is intended to address these needs. The series of ICECR conferences established a history of success in bringing together academic and industrial researchers from various fields on an ongoing, annual basis to discuss developments and challenges of electronic business understood in the largest possible sense of the term. The aim of ICECR-8 is to continue this tradition and provide a high quality forum for the presentation of results, exchange of ideas, and scientific discussions on challenges, methodologies, new technologies and their impact, computational and deployment issues, policies and advanced applications in the area of e-business. Our goal is to open the conference to participants from all fields, in particular, telecommunications, computer science, management sciences, and operations research, economy, legal and policy studies. The conference will combine technical presentations grouped in research sessions, with industry and research plenary speakers, as well as industry-lead panels.


Following the earlier successful meetings held in Nashville, Dallas, and Montréal, the ICECR-8  will be held at the Palace Hotel at Gammarth, Tunis, Tunisia. This is an ideal facility for a conference that brings together researchers from all over the world and, in particular, from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.


Papers submitted for presentation at the conference will be refereed and selected based on the full paper (15 to 35 pages) or an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages). The papers or abstracts have to be submitted through E-mail, by February 1, 2005 to Professor Bezalel Gavish. All papers selected for presentation will be published in the conference proceedings. Refereed full papers will be considered for publication in the Electronic Commerce Research Journal or the Telecommunication Systems Journal. Further information and instructions will be announced later and will be posted on the conference web site.


Paper mailing address:

Professor Bezalel Gavish, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75205, USA, Tel: (214) 528-3584 FAX (775) 860-7130.


Professor Bezalel Gavish

Eugene J. and Ruth F. Constantin Distinguished Chair in Business

Edwin L. Cox School of Business

Southern Methodist University

P.O. Box 750333

Dallas, TX 75275-0333