eBRF 2004 - Research Forum to Understand Business in Knowledge Society (eBRF 2004)

Venue: Tampere-hall

Location: Tampere, Finland

Event Date/Time: Sep 20, 2004 End Date/Time: Sep 22, 2004
Registration Date: Sep 05, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: May 31, 2004
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eBRF 2004

eBRF 2004 is a border-crossing, innovative conference organized to increase understanding of Business in Knowledge Society. eBRF calls for people to present fresh ideas and knowledge-in-making, rather than completed research — all in the spirit of integrating e-business into existing disciplines and making it “business as usual”. eBRF 2004 offers a dynamic platform to participate in the making of business knowledge.

The third eBRF 2003 brought more than 170 researchers, business practitioners, and developers from 14 countries to Tampere to exchange views and ideas on theory vs. business reality. According to the unique eBRF procedure, the presenters had until the end of the year to submit papers to the conference proceedings Frontiers of e-Business Research (FeBR) 2003. For the electronic version of FeBR 2003, see: www.ebrc.fi.

eBRF 2004 is organized during September 20-22 in Tampere, Finland. Strong industrial tradition and success in knowledge society transformation make Tampere a perfect site for a conference looking at transformation of business from industrial to knowledge society.

The conference program consists of research presentations, discussions and several invited keynotes, including for example Prof. Evert Gummesson (Stockholm University School of Business), Prof. Ron Sanchez (Copenhagen Business School) and Prof. Takeru Ohe (Waseda University, Tokyo). In addition, we offer several get-togethers in a casual atmosphere. For example, as sauna plays an essential role in the Finnish culture, we offer the option to experience the original smoke sauna by the lake!

At eBRF 2004, special attention is placed on interactivity. Each participant will receive a portable handset for voting/surveying which enables each presenter to receive instant feedback from his/her audience. The selection of the eBRF 2004 Best Work in Progress Award will partly be based on the participants’ votes.


eBRF calls for people to present knowledge-in-making, rather than completed research. Best work in progress has been awarded ever since 2001. Now, to also acknowledge completion of the research presented at eBRF 2004, a new award has been established. The best full paper submitted for publication in FeBR 2004 will receive a €1000 cash prize and a certificate of acknowledgment. The Best Full Paper Award review process takes place next spring and the award will be announced and presented at eBRF 2005.


The relevant research themes include, but are not limited to:
I Electronization (Development) of Business

  • Understanding Consuming in Knowledge Society
  • Expert and Service Innovations
  • Managing Diversity in e-Business
  • Harnessing Technology into Manageable Business Concepts
  • New Ways of Networking in Knowledge Society

II Management of Information and Knowledge

  • Business Intelligence Practices and Processes
  • Innovative Applications of Technologies in Business Intelligence
  • Knowledge Management
  • Changes in Value Chains
  • Knowledge Intensive Organizations
  • New Approaches to Organizations

III Strategizing in Knowledge Society

  • Global Strategy Perspectives
  • Business & (Knowledge) Society
  • Technology Foresight and Strategy Making
  • Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Venture to Capital
  • New Business Models and Emerging Concepts of Industries