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Sustainability within online and mobile-enabled commerce: How is sustainability being affected in this form of commerce conducted via small and medium-sized enterprises?

Finnbogason, Saemundur LU (2013) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN41 20132
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
This thesis was conducted to assess how the broadening of trade, through Internet-enabled businesses and commerce, was affecting economic, social, and environmental sustainability. It identifies the threats and opportunities associated with the expansion of trade online, in addition to evaluating some of the implications a changing trade and commerce landscape could have on trade rules and policy.

The method used to collect data was a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, consisting of detailed interviews with relevant stakeholders, supplemented by an online questionnaire. A SWOT analysis, as well as the author’s own framework was used to analyze the findings.

The main conclusions from this research point to... (More)
This thesis was conducted to assess how the broadening of trade, through Internet-enabled businesses and commerce, was affecting economic, social, and environmental sustainability. It identifies the threats and opportunities associated with the expansion of trade online, in addition to evaluating some of the implications a changing trade and commerce landscape could have on trade rules and policy.

The method used to collect data was a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, consisting of detailed interviews with relevant stakeholders, supplemented by an online questionnaire. A SWOT analysis, as well as the author’s own framework was used to analyze the findings.

The main conclusions from this research point to sustainability being positively enhanced by increased online commerce; mainly through economic aspects and inclusiveness of small and medium-sized business in trade. Social and environmental aspects were in some cases deemed to be positively affected, but not to the same extent as economic aspects.

By addressing some of the major impacts stemming from online trade, key stakeholders are well equipped to strengthen the different pillars of sustainability within online commerce. One key area is integrating online trade into international trade policy and harmonizing the laws and rules under which online trade is conducted. Addressing the negative impacts from online-marketplace platform operations and minimizing shipping and transport impacts are also notable areas worth tackling. (Less)
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author
Finnbogason, Saemundur LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN41 20132
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Online and mobile commerce, sustainability, trade, e-commerce, free trade, Commerce 3.0, SME
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2013:16
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
4113770
date added to LUP
2013-10-23 14:45:05
date last changed
2013-11-08 18:41:26
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  abstract     = {This thesis was conducted to assess how the broadening of trade, through Internet-enabled businesses and commerce, was affecting economic, social, and environmental sustainability. It identifies the threats and opportunities associated with the expansion of trade online, in addition to evaluating some of the implications a changing trade and commerce landscape could have on trade rules and policy. 

The method used to collect data was a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, consisting of detailed interviews with relevant stakeholders, supplemented by an online questionnaire. A SWOT analysis, as well as the author’s own framework was used to analyze the findings.

The main conclusions from this research point to sustainability being positively enhanced by increased online commerce; mainly through economic aspects and inclusiveness of small and medium-sized business in trade. Social and environmental aspects were in some cases deemed to be positively affected, but not to the same extent as economic aspects.
 
By addressing some of the major impacts stemming from online trade, key stakeholders are well equipped to strengthen the different pillars of sustainability within online commerce. One key area is integrating online trade into international trade policy and harmonizing the laws and rules under which online trade is conducted. Addressing the negative impacts from online-marketplace platform operations and minimizing shipping and transport impacts are also notable areas worth tackling.},
  author       = {Finnbogason, Saemundur},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {Online and mobile commerce,sustainability,trade,e-commerce,free trade,Commerce 3.0,SME},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Sustainability within online and mobile-enabled commerce: How is sustainability being affected in this form of commerce conducted via small and medium-sized enterprises?},
  year         = {2013},
}