Mobile Data Services


Mobile data services in electronic business, Special issue of International Journal of Electronic Business, Edited by Elizabeth Fife and George Giaglis; Deadline 1 Dec 2008

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ISSN (Online): 1741-5063 – ISSN (Print): 1470-6067
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****** Special Issue on "Mobile data services in electronic business"
****** Submit by December 1, 2008

Guest Editors:

Dr. Elizabeth Fife, University of Southern California
Prof. George Giaglis, Athens University of Economics and Business


This special issue of the International Journal of Electronic Business seeks submissions that examine the current use and future market potential for mobile data services. Since 2002 when the “Mobile Internet” became widely accessible in Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong, predictions of rapid adoption have been made for other key markets as well. Services, content and supporting business models have developed along with advanced networks and devices that can improve the user experience. However,five years later, the rates and expectations for adoption of mobile dataservices by consumers remains a question with some seeing signs of rapidgrowth, others maintaining expectations for specialized markets, and others remaining skeptical about the overall mass market potential for theseservices. In this issue we seek submissions that describe general use patterns and the overall market for mobile data services in key markets with aview to describing the current situation as well as factors that may influence further development of mobile data service markets.

We seek timely submissions that examine key national markets in depth, aswell as cross cultural comparisons of use patterns, demographic breakdowns, trends and forecasts based on data. Submissions that analyze and present data in the following areas will be given particular notice:

  • Measurement and analysis of cross-cultural differences in mobile service usage – To what extent are cultural factors relevant? Are there truly significant differences in user behavior and preferences across different markets? Does the value proposition in emerging economies differ from that in the industrialized markets?
  • Demonstration of business implications for new services development –What sectors, demographic groups, etc. appear most interested in mobile data services? e.g. will the younger generation pave the way for more innovative use of mobile services? Are there transferable lessons, general diffusion dynamics that can be applied to markets for mobile data services and applications?
  • Examination of factors supporting adoption: social, cultural, technological, economic – Are existing models and frameworks for technology diffusion useful/relevant?
  • In depth country studies, comparative studies of mobile data service use in 2 or more markets.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submission: December 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2009
Publication Schedule: September 2009

Submission Instructions:

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used to select papers for this special issue.

Manuscripts should follow the instructions as outlined in the Author Portal found on the IJEB Website (see URL below). Electronic submission in PDF format is required. Accepted papers must follow the guidelines postedat to format the final papers.


For any questions and article submissions, please contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Fife and Prof. George Giaglis
Guest Editors, IJEB

Dr. Elizabeth Fife
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

Prof. George Giaglis
Athens University of Economics and Business

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