Australian Electronic Business Centre

Centre for Electronic Commerce
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 12:05:27 EST-11

Could you please forward this email to members of your emailing list.

Mary-Anne Goldsworthy
Centre for Electronic Commerce

A consortium of Australian government and private sector organisations
is considering the establishment of an Australian cantre of excellence
for electronic business to be known as the Australian Electronic
Business Centre (AEBC).

The term 'Electronic Business' is being used, rather than 'Electronic
Commerce', in order to make clear that the Centre's scope includes not
only procurement but also other applications of electronic
communication technologies, including Internet-based commerce, EDI,
EFT, etc.

The first stage of planning is underway and the Monash University
Centre for Electronic Commerce has been commissioned to undertake the
Feasibility Study.  The purpose of the Study is to determine the
scope, target audience, organisational structure and costs of
establishment and operation of such a Centre.

The Centre, once established, is interested to work with similar
organisations, such as your own, on a global basis to investigate joint
electronic commerce opportunities, to exchange information in relation
to contacts and  case studies, and to stimulate international applied
research in electronic business applications.

We would be most appreciative if you would take the time to respond to
the questions below, and conversely I would be happy to respond to any
questions you may have.

Thank you for your assistance.

Ms Jo-anne Fisher
Executive Director
Centre for Electronic Commerce
Monash University Gippsland
ph: + 61 3 9902 6508
fax: + 61 3 9902 6507


1.  Based on the investments made in existing Centres, how much is
(a)  to launch such a Centre?
(b)  for annual, recurrent funding?

2.  What functions *should* such a Centre perform?

3.  What functions should such a Centre *not* perform?

4.  What mechanisms should be used to co-ordinate the Centre with
    other, pre-existing organisations?

5.  Based on the experiences of existing Centres, what roles can
providers of technology goods and services perform in relation to such a
Centre, and what can they get out of it?

6.  What sources of funding are the most appropriate and realistic:
    (a)  during the establishment phase (first 18 months - 3 years)?
    (b)  once the Centre is up and running?

7.  Should co-location with other organisations be considered (in
order to pool resources, enable cross-leveraging, and achieve
administrative efficiencies)?  If so, what kinds of
partner-organisations should be considered?  And what kinds of
arrangements should be avoided?

8.  What functions are best performed by employed or full-time
contract staff, and what functions are best outsourced?

9.  What elements of employee/contractor skills-sets are most critical
to the Centre's success:
(a)  during the establishment phase (first 18 months - 3 years)?
(b)  once the Centre is up and running?

10. What staffing and sub-contract resourcing is needed (measured in
 head-count and/or annual budget terms), in order to ensure
 critical mass, and continuity and reliability of services?

Mary-Anne Goldsworthy
Executive Officer
Centre for Electronic Commerce
Monash University Gippsland Campus
Churchill   Victoria

PH: +61 3 9902 6508   FAX: +61 3 9902 6507
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