E-Commerce in France: Did Early Adoption Prevent Its Development?
Brousseau, Eric (2003), E-Commerce in France: Did Early Adoption Prevent Its Development?, The Information Society, 19, 1, p. 45-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01972240309473
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Abstract (EN)France's early adoption of Minitel and EDI in the 1980s was both a stimulus and an inhibitor to Internet-based e-commerce. It hindered the adoption of the Internet, but it also created the conditions for a rapid catch up when France switched to the Internet in 1997. The French were already open to the use of IT, a dense network of online specialists and information service providers already existed, and many investments required to go digital were already made. On the other hand, by mid-2001 France was still far behind the early adopters of e-commerce over the Internet. This is because the French catch-up was checked by the implosion of the Internet financial bubble in 2000. Second, many Internet-based business models did not fit the French distribution channels. These differences suggest that e-commerce paths of development can be differentiated among nations, because both needs and solutions differ. This conclusion goes against the conventional wisdom that e-commerce will lead to the emergence of an integrated global marketplace in which common commercial practices will be implemented.
Subjects / KeywordsDiffusion Of Innovation; Digital Divide; e-commerce; Internet Adoption
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