e-Business Research Forum (eBRF)

Venue: Tampere

Location: Tampere, Finland

Event Date/Time: Nov 14, 2002 End Date/Time: Nov 16, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 15, 2002
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eBRF 2002
New-New e-Business Research Forum
November 14-16, 2002; Tampere Hall, Finland

For Researchers, Business Practitioners, and Research Financers!!!

Organized by
e-Business Research Center (eBRC)
Tampere University of Technology & University of Tampere
eTampere Information Society Development Program
Piloting eEurope: www.etampere.fi

eBRF 2002 is a border-crossing conference event, organized to increase networking between Researchers, Business Practitioners, and Research Financers: A conference that can be attended either with or without a research paper. As for research, we encourage formation of border-crossing teams and project partnerships. eBRF 2002 is a platform to present fresh ideas and knowledge-in-making, rather than finalized research papers -- in the spirit of integrating e-business into existing disciplines and help turn it into "business as usual." The deadline for research abstracts for review by an international review board is September 15.

This year s special theme day (November 14) is titled: eEnterprise Forum and addresses:
(1) the evaluation of the e-status of an enterprise (or other entity),
(2) the elements of an ideal eEnterprise (both physically and conceptually), and
(3) the process, or road-map, of how to get there (under given contextual factors).

For Saturday, November 16, an "eTampere event" is being planned where comprehensive approaches to building information society will be addressed. The themes are likely to include a regional model (eTampere), an international or inter-regional approach (focusing the Baltic Sea Region), and the converging global media platform (focusing on digital television).

eBRF 2001 attracted over 150 participants from 11 countries. The conference proceedings publication, Frontiers of e-Business Research FeBR 2001, is a compilation of 26 research papers by 37 contributors (register with us at www.ebrc.info to gain access). Also at eBRF 2002, all presenters will have the option to publish their full papers in FeBR 2002 -- with final paper submission deadline at year-end 2002.

Based on the good experience from last year -- to enrich networking and enable participants better combine business and pleasure -- eBRF 2002 is organized as part of MindTrek 2002, one of the largest annual media festivals in Northern Europe (see www.mindtrek.org).


eBRF 2002 entertains a broad multidisciplinary approach to conceptualizing and defining "new-new e-business". The core mission of the conference is to set directions and visions for this rich and emerging field of research -- in the post-hype era. The traditional approaches to e-business are supplemented by looking at the phenomenon through four different windows or lenses:

new forms and ways of increasing output and decreasing input in
different processes and functions in both private and public sector entities

new forms and ways of strategic partnering, networking and trading,
industry and macro level perspectives on changing value-chains and networks

new forms and ways of doing business and generating profits,
new concepts for empowering people -- and for building and growing a business

the profound moral, legal, and security concerns related to
all the new forms and ways of doing business in the information society

The eBRF Way

eBRF 2002 encourages presentations on work-in-progress, rather than completed research. At the conference, presentations are commented by assigned reviewers, session chairmen, and participating colleagues. Presenters will be asked to send their presentation summary to their assigned reviewers before the presentation. As a unique feature of eBRF 2002, business practitioners with situations corresponding to research at hand will be invited as case discussants where applicable. Also representatives of research financers will be invited to follow the events and take part in the discourse.

eBRF 2002 seeks to add value to the researcher's often lonely process via "border-crossing" collegial attention. The most promising works-in-progress will be awarded in the conference. After the conference, authors have until year-end to complete their papers for publication in FeBR 2002.

Cost of the conference

All presenters of accepted abstracts will have a special discount on the event, and all those registered in the eBRC web service (at www.ebrc.info) yet another discount. The cost of the entire conference event is 300 euros. There is a 50 euros discount for presenters of accepted abstracts and another 50 euros discount for those registered in eBRC s web service. Where both discounts apply, the cost of the entire three-day conference is 200 euros.


Please submit a one-page abstract for review by September 15, 2002. Only abstracts sent via email will be accepted for review. In your abstract, define as clearly as possible the empirical or conceptual leap forward you are seeking, your methods, and nature of data. In addition, please provide (1) author names, education, position, and institution names and (2) the contact person's e-mail address as the official vehicle for communication. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent via e-mail by October 15, 2002. Binding registrations will be due by October 31, 2001.

Please send your abstracts to conference@ebrc.info.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Marko Seppä, Ph.D.
Co-Chair of eBRF 2002
Head of eBRC at the Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 541, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland
Tel. direct +358 3 3115 3661
Mobile phone +358 400 638 780
Telefax: +358 3 3115 2027
E-mail. marko.seppa@tut.fi

or Ms. Saija Heikkinen
Coordinator of eBRF 2002
Project Coordinator of eBRC at the TUT
Tel. direct +358 3 3115 3460
Mobile phone +358 40 7467 567
Telefax: +358 3 3115 2027
E-mail: saija.heikkinen@tut.fi

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