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BUS-192 - E-Business Strategy - John J. Francis

Course:E-Business Strategy
Professor:John J. Francis
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


John Francis


My name is Professor John Francis and welcome to BUS192 E-Business Strategy.

I have several years of experience collaborating with and consulting for internet-based businesses.  I also own a web-based business and I look forward to discussing this exciting industry with you.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

I look forward to seeing you online.

Best regards,

Professor John Francis


Course Description

In this course, we will design and analyze a viable strategic business plan for an internet business.  We will explore different revenue models and how to maximize advertising, website traffic, and new technologies. We will develop and incorporate marketing, operational, financial, and management strategies.  Other business topics such as ethics, regulations, social responsibility, and sustainability will be discussed.

Student Learning Outcome

1.Design and analyze a viable strategic business plan for an Internet business.

Course Objectives

1.  Design an e-business plan that includes: an e-business description, summary of products and services, industry analysis, e-marketing plan, operational plan, financial plan, management plan, survey of critical risks, and an exit strategy, with sensitivity to related ethical, legal, social responsibility, and sustainability issues.

2.  Compare and contrast the primary e-revenue models of advertising, subscription, transaction fee, sales, and affiliate.

3.  Assess the advantages and disadvantages of different types of B2B (Business to Business) Models of marketplace/exchange, e-distributor, B2B service provider, matchmaker, and infomediary.

4.  Differentiate the types of B2C (Business to Consumer) Business Models of portal, e-tailer, content provider, transaction broker, market creator, service provider, and community provider.

5.  Evaluate the usefulness of assessing a particular e-business strategy with such traditional analytical frameworks as: SWOT analysis, BCG analysis, product life cycle, and Porter's differentiation/cost/focus strategies.

6.  Assess the security and privacy risks of using various types of payment systems in view of designing an optimal e-business strategy.

7.  Analyze the need for alignment of evolving web-based technologies, social networking, and mobile commerce opportunities with the optimal e-business strategy for a business.

8.  Analyze the effectiveness, affectivity, and navigational efficiency of a web site design in view of an e-business strategy.

What to Expect in this Course

You will be expected to read all materials and submit all assignments for specific chapters covered.  You are required to participate on a weekly basis.

Supplemental material will also be provided on Canvas throughout the semester.

A computer will be required to critique established websites.

Students will complete an E-Business Strategy project where a web-based business is developed using the strategies and topics discussed in class.  A business plan will be developed to support the business idea.  (Creating a live website during the course is not required.)

Types of Assessments

Assessments will include written assignments, website analysis, quizzes, and exams. There will be two midterms and one final exam. All exams will be entirely online. No webcam or proctoring software will be required. There will also be discussion boards required for students to participate in. This will allow students to share beliefs and experiences and collaborate when analyzing case studies.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Textbook Title: eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Online Marketing, Rob Stokes and the Minds of Quirk, Version 1.0, 2014.(Digital All Access Pass)

The textbook will be used every week.   Supplemental information and videos will be provided to highlight specific topics throughout the course.

We will also view, compare, and critique current internet businesses.

Other Relevant Course Information

Students who do well in this class:

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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 1063