When the power of e-commerce was unleashed for the benefit of the society, the evolution of the business world started. Businesses used electronic data interchange (EDI) to reduce costs, increase the speed, and increase the accuracy of business documents when doing business with other companies. Consumers were no longer tied to local stores or mail catalogues for retail purchases. E-commerce became a new retail outlet in the late 1990s. Educational institutions, for their part, responded by initiating e-commerce related research and curricula. Since those early days of e-commerce education, e-commerce education has matured. It has transformed from scattered courses and is now manifested in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Ngai, Eric W. T.; Gunasekaran, Angappa (Guna); and Harris, Albert L.
"The Maturing of E-Commerce Education in Our Curricula,"
Journal of Information Systems Education: Vol. 16
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