This special issue presents findings from research efforts aimed at addressing a number of key challenges that still need to be addressed--from developing flexible middleware, intelligent decision support functionality and new layers of eBusiness standards to gaining a deeper understanding of how to effectively apply these technologies in different contexts.
Advances in B2B e-Commerce and e-Supply Chain Management:
*shares experience working with Hong Kong's HKTAIUA initiative, a major government effort aimed at using the Internet to bring together buyers and suppliers in the local textile and apparel industry;
*considers the procurement of logistics services as a reverse auction process, where e-tailers submit requests for bids to a transportation broker agent;
*discusses experience working in Sweden with seven Small and Medium Enterprises, as these companies transition to new eBusiness practices;
*introduces MASCOT, a collaborative decision support environment for the dynamic creation and coordination of supply chains; and
*presents an agent-based framework for both lateral and vertical coordination across different supply chain entities.
Volume 13, Numbers 3 & 4, 2003
Contents: N.M. Sadeh, J.K. Lee, Guest Editors' Introduction. Yen, Ng, The Impact of Electronic Commerce on Procurement. Jeong et al., Intelligent Cyber Logistics Using Reverse Auction in Electronic Commerce. Ihlstrom, Nilsson, Business Adoption by SMEs. Sadeh et al., Agent-based e-Supply Chain Decision Support. Halaris et al., An Integrated System Supporting Virtual Consortia in the Construction Sector. Cavalieri et al., A Multi-Agent Model for Coordinated Distribution Chain Planning. Lim, Lee, Buyer-Carts for B2B EC: The b-Cart Approach.