Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

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Posted on 07/08/2012

The 25thBled eConference was held in Bled, Slovenia in the end of June 2012. Established in 1988 Bled eConference is considered to be the world’s longest-running conference on “e”. The conference preliminary session provided an overview of the e-revolution and elaborated on the 25 years of development on e-business and e-commerce conjoined with future opportunities and challenges.

To reflect the common themes arisen from the 25th Bled eConference I provide some quotations from some of the keynotes and other impressions concerning their views of future opportunities and challenges related to research and innovation in the time of “e”.

When we are looking at innovation it is really including technical, legal and social transformation all together so therefore it is important that all of us are participating in it. That comes to the world of participative innovation which, I think, is the driver of Europe today. We have the most demanding citizens and the most demanding industries so how can we build more on that in the future? — When we look at the ICT as an enabler we can mash up different technologies, disciplines and people into the innovation process more than ever before. So the challenge from both business and political and academic perspective is how to get the diversity working together. The diversity is the key.” – Bror Salmelin, Policy Advisor to the DG, Innovation Systems, European Commission

Well the question of data monitoring lends itself to the whole notion of open; open innovation and open systems. One of the greatest reasons of not opening data is the idea that it might not be factually correct, it might not be perfect. But the reality is that no data is ever perfect and what you find when you open data is that the open innovation ecosystem corrects the data. So when you simply let go and get out of the old monitoring and controlling framework the community itself creates its own monitoring mechanism and ensures the quality of the data. In fact the data sets that are known to be open are more factually consistent because of that continuous feedback from users.” – Julia Glidden, Managing Director 21c Consultancy, UK

E-activities should not focus only on technology but instead social aspect of business and commerce requires multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research.” – Hans-Dieter Zimmermann, Professor FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

What the history can teach us? It is the e-technology as it is used by organizations and people in practice what we need to understand and what we need to contribute to.” – Roger Clarke, Principal Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Australia & Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of NSW & Visiting Professor in Computer Science, Australian National University, Australia.

Bled eConference is an annual international conference attracting speakers and delegates from business and academia, government officials and IT providers from around the world. Taking a broad and cross-disciplinary approach to addressing contemporary issues in information technology and electronic interaction in business and society, conference session topics covered basically everything that has to do with e-business, e-commerce and exchange of data within and between organizations. This year’s research tracks focused on the fields of e-health, cloud computing, the use of social networks and Web 2.0, EU region development, smart cities and living labs and data security and control.

From the most primitive form of electronic data interchange (EDI) we have come a long journey filled with technical, political, social and financial changes and are now facing the new digital economy where the whole business and society are dependent on electronic infrastructures enabling electronic interactions.

Minna Mäläskä

M.Sc.Econ, project researcher

University of Oulu




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