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B2B Electronic Commerce (ISYS90034)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90034
Semester 2
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The subject introduces students to the concepts and applications of Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce (B2B EC), which involves the use of digital technologies to streamline the sourcing, acquisition, delivery and remittance of materials and services between companies. Students will understand the implications of B2B EC technologies on supply chain processes and the organisational issues related to the adoption of B2B EC technologies.

This subject is an elective subject in the Master of Information Systems and Master of Science (Information Systems).

Indicative Content

  1. B2B EC in Context
  • information exchanges and key business processes involved in the exchange of goods and services between trading partners;
  • B2B EC technologies and initiatives: the Internet, Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR); standardization of product and shipment numbering including automatic identification; Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT); Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI); Evaluated Receipts Settlement (ERS); cross docking and other distribution techniques.
  • B2B EC business values
  • Competitive advantage
  1. B2B E-Market
  • B2B Electronic Market concept and framework
  • Electronic market hypothesis
  • B2B Electronic Market case studies and analysis
  1. B2B EC-enabled Supply Chain
  • Supply chain management concepts and issues
  • Inventory and replenishment concepts and initiatives including Just-In-Time (JIT) and Efficient Consumer Response (ECR)
  • Supply chain B2B technologies
  • Supply chain reengineering
  1. B2B EC Adoption
  • Organisational issues with B2B EC adoption
  • Requirements for B2B EC adoption
  • B2B EC adoption frameworks

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the technologies of B2B EC
  2. Understand the main concepts underlying the transformation of B2B processes using EC technologies
  3. Develop an appreciation of the implications of new technologies in the restructuring of supply and demand chains.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  1. Develop analytical skills through examination of case studies
  2. Improve research and academic writing skills
  3. Enhance collaborative skills through group work and discussion

Last updated: 20 August 2019