The term “network economy” is used to emphasize the features of the new, technology-enhanced economy within the information society. It stems from a key attribute— products and services that are created through networks operating on large or global scales, enabled by the current status of the global networks.
- What are the principal impacts of the network economy for both established organizations and upstarts? Identify and provide examples of the most important recent technology and business innovations in the network economy. How has the adaptation of the new technologies affected the organizations from your examples?
- The network economy introduces information-intensive goods, such as downloadable music and software. Information, as an economic entity, differs in behavior compared to traditional goods. How do information-intensive goods differ from traditional information goods? Provide two examples of each. What is the principal economic characteristic of information? What are the principal implications for strategic decisions?
- What are the principal enablers for the continued importance of e-commerce trends? What does the term e-commerce 2.0 refer to? What are main principles of e-commerce 2.0? Give real-life examples of e-commerce 2.0 principles. Do you think that your set of e-commerce 2.0 principles is comprehensive? Why? Are these principles congruent with your personal understanding of e-commerce?