n South African Journal of Business Management - Rethinking the knowledge bearing capacity of e-Business systems

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-5585


Research was conducted in the area of sustainable knowledge extraction from e-business systems and technologies by exploring differentiating approaches from three notable authors seeking some common denominator to apply to a convergent approach in system conceptualization and design. It will be argued that most of e-business system upgrades and modification cost could be averted if of proposed systems is realized and included as primary design parameters during the . It will furthermore be argued that if this inclusive and is followed it would lead to building a capacity to act that could be utilized for creating sustainable competitive advantage. Most e-Business system development is approached from an dimension, which more often than not exclude the component as a design parameter. In most cases the primary focus is on and whilst and only comes into prominence after system implementation. This line of design thinking leads to the emergence of which extend the scope for standardization whilst simultaneously limiting the scope for system variation. It will be proposed that re Boisot (1999), N-learning (neo-classical) thinking is normally dominant to Slearning (Schumpeterian) thinking during the e-business system design phase. The paper primarily draw on Max Boisot's Evolutionary Production Function and I-Space theoretical approach, Donald Marchand's Four Fundamental Principles of using Information to Create Business Value and Yogesh Malhotra's model on Balancing Design and Emergence for E-Business Model Innovation. A new construct called the (KPD) will be identified and introduced as a common denominator between the models of the three authors on which to ground the approach to new thinking on e-business system design. To facilitate argumentation an attempt will be made to position the extant status of e-business systems in the I-Space, referring to what will be proposed as and .

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