Title: Perspectives for work and business in the e-economy: the contribution of the European R&D programme IST

Authors: Erastos Filos

Addresses: European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society, BU9 3/40, 1049 Brussels, Belgium

Abstract: This paper aims to provide a concise overview of R&D achievements of Key Action II of the Information Society Technologies (IST) programme under the European Commission|s 5th framework programme for research, development and innovation and how these activities relate to the e-economy. Since the beginning of IST in 1999, some 450 projects have been launched in the area of new methods of work and electronic commerce with a funding budget of half a billion euros. The R&D activities were accompanied by policy initiatives such as eEurope and the European Research Area that were launched at the beginning of the new millennium. The paper shows that technology development efforts underpin the policy initiatives and both together offer a coherent approach towards an online Europe.

Keywords: information and communication technologies; European R&D programme; technology management; policy making; e-business; socio-economic research.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIEM.2003.002444

International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management, 2003 Vol.1 No.1, pp.107-123

Published online: 18 Jul 2003 *

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