Bezalel Gavish - The Internet and Electronic Commerce - Some Research Issues

Eugene J. and Ruth F. Constantin Distinguished Chair in Business,
Edwin L. Cox School of Business
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750333
Dallas, TX 75275-0333


The last few years have seen an explosion in the deployment and use of the Internet, networking and telecommunication technologies. This talk will examine some of the developments; explain their importance and potential impact. This includes wire-based communications, wireless based communication services and satellite based communications.

Many forecasts and predictions have been made about the growth and impact of the Internet and the world wide web. We will introduce some of the favorite predictions and will analyze the possibilities for their realization in the long run. The analysis shows that it is unlikely that some of the predictions will hold in the long run. The restrictions are based on different physical and economic limitations, which generate limitations on the realization of such predictions.

The WWW and the Internet open many new types of applications and services, both to end-users (consumers), businesses and service providers. The new services and their deployment raise new questions and interesting research issues. We will outline some of the Operations Research models, which address such issues, and will present preliminary results stemming from these models.