CHAPTER 3

E-business and Accounting Information Systems

David M. Shapiro

Introduction

There is no fixed definition of e-business. It may be referred to as e-commerce. However, it is a term of art applied to enterprises and organizations, whether for-profit private sector businesses or governmental agencies, that rely on information technology (IT) and systems to provide goods or services, as well as to inform stakeholders about the results of operations and the financial condition of the enterprise or organization. E-business implicates IT professionals, accountants, and managers and staff at various levels in a mutual dependency network. The domains of knowledge and understanding required to conduct and support e-business are limited neither ...

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