Magazine article Talent Development

E-Course Reviews

Magazine article Talent Development

E-Course Reviews

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Differentiating between e-business and e-commerce can be confusing. E-business is an umbrella term for using electronic means (including the Internet) to enable business practices. E-commerce focuses on the selling of products in an online store format. But within each, nuts-and-bolts concerns such as Internet technology, legal issues, and payment options arise. Lguide reviews the e-business training offerings from four publishers and finds that each is strong in its coverage of the essentials.

Highly Recommended

***1/2

Building a-Businesses Series: 7 hours, US$585 for 1 year of course access. Publisher: Harvard Business Online

Harvard Business Online's three e-business courses focus on business strategy. The courses introduce e-business models and the methods used to modify and choose among them: examine the Amazon.com strategy to discuss value in the Internet economy: and explore how Internet-based digital infrastructure affects business structures, alliances, and operating models.

Each course consists of five sections, which include video clips of e-business experts, case studies, PDF worksheets, and a 10-question quiz. Navigation is straightforward, with a detailed table of contents and progress tracking.

Rich, college-level content makes this series the deepest source of e-business information of the publishers reviewed here.

***1/2

E-Business Series: 12 hours, pricing models vary by user or organization. Publisher: Quisic

Quisic's e-business series consists of six courses and one simulation. Like many e-business series, Quisic's starts with an overview of technical terms and economic issues, then moves on to strategic issues such as offensive and defensive competitive models. Some courses use case studies and interviews with e-business experts.

In addition to the courses, Quisic offers an e-business simulation, in which the learner is given the task of managing an online initiative. Progress is tracked by financial graphs and charts, as well as the stock price of the fictional company. Feedback comes in the form of emails from fictional peers, the CEO, and customers.

Quisic's e-business courses should give learners a solid understanding of e-business strategy. Each course strikes a balance between broad content and detail. Courses are also even-handed in their topics, presenting pitfalls as well as advantages for each model. …

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