This report examines the expectations and assumptions behind the drive to invest in business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce. It investigates what actually happens in Internet-based e-marketplaces and how developing country firms use the Internet for business. The overall finding is that the main effect of B2B e-commerce is to enhance the relationships between existing trading partners. It provides very few opportunities for firms to find new suppliers or customers.
Humphrey, J.; Mansell, R.; Paré, D.; Schmitz, H. The Reality of E-commerce with Developing Countries. (2003) 56 pp.