Welcome to the Working Group 8.4 website

The aim of this working group is to promote collaboration across disciplines in E-Business Information Systems research and practice.


Many of the working groups in IFIP include some focus on elements of E-Business, however, this proposed working group would focus on multi-disciplinary issues across the breadth of E-Business Information Systems.

Current working groups focus on technology issues and impacts, primarily within organizations. Successful implementations of E-Business frequently require additional interaction between elements that extend beyond technology and organizational issues to include environmental (eg infrastructure, national culture, national and international payment mechanisms) and consumer factors.

Information Systems theory has, to date, largely ignored non-organizational consumers. Disciplines such as marketing, sociology and psychology have theoretical grounding in consumer issues. Also, specific applications of Information Systems would be included in this multi-disciplinary working group, eg theory based in banking, transportation, manufacturing and other industries.