From Digital Business to Digital Society

  • 2010-01-11

Trends in e-Commerce | Public Lecture in Business Informatics


The changes that the digital economy has brought in businesses in terms of value chains, business models, client relationships, organisational cultures and ultimately in innovation are starting to be felt across society, from public services like health and social care, social capital building in communities, to relationships between governments and citizens. How do these changes take effect, which lessons did we learn and how are digital business and digital society becoming interlinked? This talk will address some answers to these questions.


Dr. Paul Timmers is Head of Unit of ICT for Inclusion in the European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society & Media. Previously he headed the eGovernment unit (EU policy, research and promotion). He has been a member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society Erkki Liikanen, responsible for the information society and telecommunications policy portfolios. Other activities in the European Commission included electronic commerce policy and programme development. Recently he was awarded an EU Research Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA.

Paul Timmers has been a manager in product marketing and head of software development in a large IT company and has co-founded a software start-up. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands and an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK. He has widely published in the field of technology and policy, including a book on electronic commerce strategies and business models, and has been a visiting professor and lecturer at several universities and business schools across the world.



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