Themenrunde: Electronic Business Engineering

Donnerstag, 04.03.1999, 17:00 - 18:30 Uhr, Auditorium Maximum



Herr Prof. Dr. Hans Robert Hansen Herr Prof. Dr. Hans Robert Hansen
Universität WU Wien
Abteilung Wirtschaftsinformatik


Herr Dr. Martin Bichler Herr Dr. Martin Bichler
Universität WU Wien
Abteilung für Wirtschaftsinformatik
Herr Dr. Rainer Minz Herr Dr. Rainer Minz
The Boston Consulting Group GmbH & Partner, Düsseldorf
Herr Prof. Dr. Beat Schmid Herr Prof. Dr. Beat Schmid
Universität St. Gallen
mcm Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationsmanagement
Herr Prof. Dr. Michael J. Shaw Herr Prof. Dr. Michael J. Shaw
University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
Beckman Institute
Herr Dr. Michael Waidner Herr Dr. Michael Waidner
IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon
Information Technology Solutions
Herr Dr. Wolfgang Zillessen Herr Dr. Wolfgang Zillessen
Vice President
Arthur D.Little International, Inc., Wiesbaden


Business is increasingly being performed electronically. The use of information technology has become the single most powerful factor in the competitive transformation of organizations. Businesses are achieving higher performance through the skillful adoption of these technologies. Electronic Intermediaries, Internet Banking and Global Supply Chain Management are examples of areas where the application of information technology is leading to significant changes in economy and society.

The panel will discuss and debate the particularities of engineering inter-organizational information systems. While computer and engineering sciences have laid the foundation for Electronic Business Engineering, these technologies are no longer simple efficiency tools that automate various types of transactions such as ordering and procurement. Many applications of Electronic Commerce technologies promise an opportunity to rethink fundamental assumptions about markets and economic efficacy.

On the one hand, the systematic design and optimization of business processes and transactions offers a large potential for the improvement of competitiveness. On the other hand, new information technologies, such as electronic intermediaries or adaptive electronic catalogs, enable completely new business models and jeopardize established ways of doing business. Expectations and behaviors of economic and social systems largely depend on current formulations and assumptions about markets, organizations and processes. When these assumptions change, existing models and theories become unreliable.

The forces that drive Electronic Commerce will require a re-examination of the framework for conducting business. Our objective will be to stimulate debate and discussion. Within the first hour the six panelists will present their views on a couple of specific questions:

  • What are the specific requirements for engineering inter-organizational systems?
  • How do inter-organizational information systems compare to intra-organizational systems?
  • How can research contribute to this fast moving field?

The remaining half hour of the session will be organized as a discussion with the audience.

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