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Vanishing E: The Decline of the E-Commerce Discipline in Australia
Affiliation: Deakin University
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Keywords: academic disciplines, business education, e-business, e-commerce, educational programs
Stimulated by the increasing demand for qualified personnel for business ventures that employ the Internet in their operations,
electronic commerce (e-commerce) emerged as an academic discipline at the eve of the twenty first century. This paper
presents a study on the changing status of e-commerce as an academic discipline in Australia in the second half of the 2000s.
The findings of the study show that e-commerce is losing its status as a distinctive academic discipline in Australia. The
number of e-commerce educational programs is declining and full-fledged e-commerce programs are now offered at a limited
number of Australian universities only. E-commerce is diminishing into a niche area of business education rather than prospering
as a significant academic discipline.
The article may be referenced as
Tse, Michael (2012).
“Vanishing E: The Decline of the E-Commerce Discipline in Australia.”
11.3: 88–106. <http://www.hb.se/bhs/ith/3-11/mt.pdf>