On behalf of the Bundestagsausschuss für Wirtschaft und Technologie (Bundestag committee for economy and technology), the Office of Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag has carried out a project on the perspectives of e-commerce in Germany. The project was accomplished in close cooperation between ITAS and TAB staff.
- What perspectives does e-commerce (business to business, business to customer, as well as business to public sector) offer for growth and employment in Germany?
What legal deregulation and regulation is necessary to let these potentials develop fully in Germany?
- What chances and challenges will develop for small and middle sized companies as a consequence of more e-commerce?
- What possibilities of reducing bureaucracy, of increasing efficiency in public administration, and of enhancing service quality will develop through e-commerce and similar processes? How can public procurement be optimized?
- What consequences for the labor market and the world of employment will have to be expected from increased e-commerce?
- How will structures within businesses change through e-commerce? Will there be more small and middle sized companies or will e-commerce lead to more concentration in economy?
- How and to which extent will the manufacturing industries, intermediary trade, and retail react to the changing order and shopping habits (online, twenty-four-seven) of the customers?
- With what manufacturing concepts, logistics strategies, and infrastructural measures could the growing traffic be met adequately so that there will be no diffusion bottleneck?
- How well are e-commerce offers and new e-commerce marketing functions accepted by the consumer?
- How important are alternatives to the Internet-based e-commerce as e.g. e-commerce on television or on mobile phones?
- What are the
consequences of e-commerce with regard to ecological considerations in the
broadest sense (traffic-related aspects, dematerialization, waste prevention,
energy efficiency, etc.)?
In October 2002, the final report was accepted by the Bundestagsausschuss für Bildung, Forschung und Technikfolgenabschätzung (Bundestag committee for education, research, and technology assessment) and published as TAB-Arbeitsbericht (work report) Nr. 78 and also as Bundestagsdrucksache (printed matter) 14/10006.
Riehm, U.; Petermann, Th.; Orwat, C.; Coenen, Chr.; Revermann, Chr.; Scherz, C.; Wingert; B.: E-Commerce in Deutschland. Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme zum elektronischen Handel. Berlin: edition sigma (Studien des Büros für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag, Bd. 14)
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