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E-business and e-commerce, is there a difference?

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LAst week, someone told me without giving further explanations that there is a clear difference between "e-business" and "e-commerce". This was when i lunched the online debate that we are doing each week with my organization Rudi International through it's program called "Rudi for Women and Girls Online" on that topic.

I didnt think about it right when i posted the topic on our Facebook page with title "E-business or e-com, what can we say?"

Without using google, i thought he was right and here is what i thought right after (if i am wrong, please help me in comments to this post):

- E-business includes other aspects than only the online commerce (i don't have examples here lol)

- E-com is only dealing with the transactions between a seller and a buyer on the other hand using Internet to connect.

So, one can say that e-business includes e-com because the first includes a wide range of aspects but the last is only limitted to one aspect. I would love to hear more from you dear friends and maybe provide with useful links to better understand these two topics.



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Comment by Arsene Tungali on October 10, 2012 at 12:36pm


Thank you for your contributions. This is really benefit for me and i hope my readers will benefit from them too

Comment by Shelley-Ann Clarke-Hinds on October 5, 2012 at 2:55am

Hello Arsene - very interesting question. I note that e-business and e-commerce are often used interchaneably but we utilise a working defintion for both. e-Business is the application of ICT to improve efficiency in business processes, reduce costs and even improve customer relations. And e-commerce is trade since the Internet has provided a new avenue for trade in goods and services some of which come in a digital form. As such national trade policy and the multilateral trading system will have to address e-commerce in my view.  I would be very interested in hearing how others define these areas.



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