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eBusiness Community Model - Research & Assessment Project, eBCM-RAP

  • Publisert 28.02.2008
  • Sist oppdatert 08.06.2011

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Paving for eFuture - Meeting the challenge of new business practices

  • Which are the key elements of eBusiness?

  • How can a SME maneuver in a new eBusiness environment?

  • Why is a common focal point so important?

These are some of the main questions that have been addressed in the Nordic Innovation Centre financed "eBusiness Community Model - Research & Assessment Project (eBCM-RAP)".


Automated business processes offer great return on investment, more efficient business operations and enhanced competitiveness. In spite of the benefits, the cost of automation as well as the cost of employees adjusting to a new mindset is currently perceived as a threshold too big to overcome, especially for the SMEs. What the SMEs need is a modular approach, enabling them to gradually build their technical infrastructure and capabilities as well as recognizing alternative key elements required for becoming eBusiness integrated.


Such an approach has been developed in eBCM-RAP, a cross cultural, multinational Nordic project. The centrepiece of the project is the “eBusiness Community Model, eBCM”, which is designed to cover all the major elements needed for advancing towards e-Business. In the project this model was used and further developed in three studies on the status of eBusiness in the partner countries. Based on the outcome of the three studies, the project partners demonstrated the value of the model as a development tool and present a set of recommendations to stakeholders in the partner countries for their eBusiness advancement. 


The project partners are all members of the European Network of National Test-beds for eBusiness, ETeB. ETeB is a multinational initiative; its members sharing the vision of streamlined cross-border ICT enabled business practices. The partner network is represented by public-private organisations from five of Europe’s most highly motivated nations with respect to ICT development, i.e.: Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Romania and Slovenia.


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Project duration: July 2004 - May 2008

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