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Electronic Commerce Policy-Making in Developing Regions: The Case of South Eastern Europe

Electronic Commerce Policy-Making in Developing Regions: The Case of South Eastern Europe
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Author(s): Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou (Brunel University, UK), Athanasia Pouloudi (Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece)and Georgios Doukidis (Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch157
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


The ‘digital divide’ between developed and non-developed countries in terms of adoption of new technologies and particularly the Internet and electronic commerce is a heavily debated and frequently discussed issue. In this paper we examine the case of south eastern Europe that is one of the less technologically advanced regions in Europe. We use data from 8 counties, namely Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, FYROM, Greece, Israel, Moldova and Romania, which have been collected by local key stakeholders such as government agencies and professional bodies. The data are related to the current situation and future prospects of electronic commerce adoption in technical, business, social, financial and legal terms. We analyse them in order to draw some conclusions about the policy making in the countries of south eastern Europe. Groups of stakeholders that can play an important role in the formulation of an electronic commerce policy in the region are described and by analysing their relationships we offer some policy recommendations in the field.

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