Ecommerce in Libya

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E-commerce and Economic Development in Libya
A thesis submitted to the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Cardiff School of Management

Abdalla Hamed
April, 2009

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DECLARATION
I hereby declare that this dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy and entitled “E-commerce and Economic Development in Libya” represents my own work and that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, it contains no material previously published or written by another person.

Signed……………………………………….(Candidate) Date…………………………………………..

STATEMENT 1 This thesis has not already been accepted in substance for any degree and is not being concurrently submitted in candidature for any degree. Signed……………………………………….(Candidate) Date…………………………………………..

STATEMENT 2 I hereby give consent for my thesis, if accepted, to be available for photocopying and for inter library-loan, and for the title and summary to be made available to outside organizations Signed……………………………………….(Candidate) Date…………………………………………..

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Acknowledgment
In the end of this research I would like to emphasize my appreciation to:  My parents who support me financially and provided me the confidence to finish this dissertation  My supervisory team for guiding me through my journey  People who agreed to be interviewed and who accepted to answer the research questionnaire.  Brother, sisters and friends who have been waiting for my work achievements To all, thank you very much.

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Contents

Abstract ..................................................................................................................................................... XII Abbreviations ...........................................................................................................................................XIII Research outcomes...................................................................................................................................XVI PhD Consortium........................................................................................................................................ XVI Conferences papers ................................................................................................................................... XVI Seminars.................................................................................................................................................... XVI Business Seminar ...................................................................................................................................... XVI

Chapter one: Introduction
1.1 Background ............................................................................................................................................. 3 1.2 Economic development and e-commerce .............................................................................................. 3 1.3 Research problem ................................................................................................................................... 5 1.4 Aim and objectives .................................................................................................................................. 5 1.5 Research method ..................................................................................................................................... 6 1.6 Background of Libya .............................................................................................................................. 8 1.6.1 Geographical Location and Population ................................................................................................. 8 1.6.2 History of Libya .................................................................................................................................... 9 1.7 Structure of the thesis...
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