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Developing expertise in e-commerce: a content analysis of students knowledge of online auctions

Lin, A. and Foster, J. (2005) Developing expertise in e-commerce: a content analysis of students knowledge of online auctions. Journal of Information Systems Education, 16 (1). pp. 85-91.

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from a study investigating the knowledge students acquire from and apply to an online auction assignment. As part of an E-Business and E-Commerce module students were asked to buy and sell goods in an online marketspace and report on their experience for an assignment on the module. A content analysis of a sample of the students’ assignments was conducted. The main finding of the study is that, given a framework of professional knowledge and competence, there are considerable imbalances in the knowledge that students acquire from and apply to the online auction assignment. The paper concludes that learning and teaching strategies that recognize and work with such imbalances are appropriate, in order that students’ professional capacities in the domain of e-commerce are developed. Recommendations for future research and practice in e-commerce education are provided.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: e-commerce education; online auction; professional knowledge and competence; content analysis
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2009 15:01
Last Modified: 13 May 2009 17:21
Published Version: http://www.jise.appstate.edu/Contents/Contents-16-...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8081

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