E-commerce policy and the global economy: a path to more inclusive development?

Ahi, A. A., Sinkovics, N. and Sinkovics, R. R. (2023) E-commerce policy and the global economy: a path to more inclusive development? Management International Review, 63(1), pp. 27-56. (doi: 10.1007/s11575-022-00490-1)

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The advancement of digitalization is gradually transforming the existing structure of the global economy. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, almost all cross-border transactions had a digital component in 2016. This is also reflected by the growing literature on digitalization and E-commerce. Yet, studies specifically focusing on E-commerce policy are scarce compared with other areas in this domain. By going beyond academic articles and including policy documents in our analysis, this study takes stock of the issues as well as the policy recommendations identified in these publications. Our analysis reveals that to promote an inclusive E-commerce participation, it is imperative to design policies that improve countries’ formal institutions, facilitate the inclusion of less-developed countries in the E-commerce space, and enhance E-commerce adoption by small- and medium-sized enterprises. We highlight the significance of collaboration between and solidarity among governments and other stakeholders.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sinkovics, Professor Rudolf and Sinkovics, Dr Noemi
Authors: Ahi, A. A., Sinkovics, N., and Sinkovics, R. R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Management International Review
ISSN (Online):1861-8901
Published Online:03 November 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Management International Review 63:27-56
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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