The internet is an American creation and, not surprisingly, the United States has created the best environment for E-business to flourish. Still, Britain and Canada rival the United States in E-business in a study released last week by management and IT strategy consulting group Booz Allen Hamilton, which credits state-of-the-art communications infrastructures and political leadership in the three nations.
Three key policies emerge from countries with strong market environments: integrating computer training into education, stimulating investments in the E-economy, and regulating the price of Internet access. "A supportive environment is the single most critical factor," Booz Allen VP Barrie Berg says.
The study compared E-business in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. Among its findings:
Residents of Canada, Sweden, and the United States are more likely to be involved in E-commerce.
Business E-maturity, the use of online technologies to change how businesses work, is most developed in Sweden and the United States.
Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United States have the strongest E-government development.
"The countries with the most advanced E-economies got an early start and haven't looked back," Berg says. "They've succeeded by maintaining their commitment to drive E-access into all aspects of society."
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