Yunfeng Wang, Jie Li, Pu Liu, Fang Yang
School of Management
Hebei University of Technology
Tianjin, China, 300401
Abstract—The purpose of this study was to determine trends and transformations in the electronic commerce (EC) research after dot com crash of 2000. This paper reviewed 779 articles published from the nine journals that are appropriate outlets for EC research  during calendar years 2000 to 2006 and comparatively analyzed with the previous research . The principal aspects of EC research are identified in four categories: application areas, technological issues, support and implementation, and others. Moreover, a unified model of electronic commerce was presented to explain the relations among the major three categories. We believe our findings to be valuable to the field of EC research with providing a source for anyone interested in EC research and helping simulate further interest.
Keywords-electronic commerce; classification; comparative analysis; literature review
After a decade’s development, the researches of electronic commerce (EC) have achieved considerable accomplishments as shown in Fig. 1. EC related papers issued in nine international journals have realized 183% rise from the 275 articles between 1993 and 1999  to 779 ones between 2000 and 2006. Whereas EC seems to rise and fall with the dot com boom and crash around the turn of the millennium, academic research has been less cyclical. The steady growth in EC literature more accurately tracks the actual evolution of the electronic commerce .
Figure 1. Distribution of articles by year.
Given the sheer volume of electronic commerce research publications, it seemed obvious that a surveying of the literature and an interpretation of this literature was in order. To this aim, we were especially interested in the evolution of the discourse for 7 years after the dot com market crash.... [continues]
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