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A broad evolutionary development of electronic business has been taking place across the globe since the mid-1990s. This development, though not visibly revolutionary in character, has been very powerful in its impact, and the maturity of e-business has substantially increased across sectors and regions – so much that e-business today is not a special concept anymore but a ubiquitous phenomenon. Technological development and competitive pressure continue to be key drivers. While the search for opportunities to cut costs is still a valid motive for e-business activity, innovative firms exploit the potential of ICT for fulfilling key business objectives; they use ICT for producing and delivering quality goods and services, facilitating quality management as well as improving marketing and customer service.

empirica was one of the first companies in Europe to offer in-depth research and consulting services in the field of e-commerce – as it was named in early years – and e-business. From 2002 to 2010, empirica co-ordinated the groundbreaking e-Business Watch study on behalf of the European Commission’s General Directorate Enterprise and Industry. This pioneering study collected and analysed data about ICT use and e-business impact in more than 30 business sectors, including sectors as diverse as – to name just a few – food, steel, chemicals, electronics, energy supply, banking, retail, and tourism. The study analysed e-business with a multitude of methods, also including econometric methods and game theory analysis. Beyond the e-Business Watch, empirica carried out many other studies in the field of business innovation for national and international clients.

Managing large-scale enterprise surveys as well as case studies, analysing related data and formulating policy recommendations is thus one of empirica’s core expertises. 

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Internationalisation of innovation in SMEs

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empirica is now co-ordinating a study about "internationalisation of innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)"

First case studies about entrepreneurship education at...

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The first twelve case studies on "Supporting the Entrepreneurial Potential of Higher Education" have been published.

Study on business model innovations concluded - results...

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Co-ordinated by empirica, the University of Applied Sciences North-Western Switzerland (FHNW) concluded a study about "the need for innovations in...

Study on high-growth innovative enterprises concluded -...

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empirica concluded a study about policies in support of high-growth innovative enterprises (HGIEs) and published two related policy briefs. The first...

Sectoral e-Business Watch Conference 2009: Presentations now...

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The 2009 Conference of the Sectoral e-Business Watch (SeBW), a programme of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry,...

Sectoral e-Business Watch Conference: ICT and e-Business for...

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The upcoming 2009 Conference of the Sectoral e-Business Watch, a programme of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry,...

Final Report of the NewGlobal study published: ICT-based...

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The NewGlobal study has explored how collaborative working environments (CWE) based on ICTs can be deployed for enabling successful globalisation...

ICT, the economic crisis and climate change: empirica...

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European companies are confronted with huge challenges on several fronts: they have to cope with the consequences of the financial crisis, increasing...

Steel and e-business - a robust relationship

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ICT is important for the steel industry. It can increase productivity, reduce costs and improve customer relationships.

Sectoral e-Business Watch 2008 illustrates impact of ICT and...

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The 2008 Sectoral e-Business Watch studies analyse the dynamic developments in ICT adoption and e-business activities in the European Union.

Selling online provides opportunities for retailers

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For retailers, the internet remains a sales channel that can attract new customers.

Chemical, rubber and plastics industry: already 75% use...

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There has been a dynamic uptake of e-business activity in the European chemical, rubber and plastics industries, according to a recently released...

European Commission makes computer-assisted translation...

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The European Commission is going a step further in its efforts to foster multilingualism as a key part of European unity in diversity.

New Sectors and Special Topics of the Sectoral eBusiness...

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Six sectors and four cross-sector topics have been selected for the new Sectoral eBusiness Watch (SeBW) work programme of 2007/08. Sectors include...

e-Business W@tch holds workshop on RFID at Next Generation...

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The workshop "Perspectives and Impacts of RFID adoption in European Supply Chains" is organised by e-Business W@tch in co-operation with IDC and took...

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