This volume engages the profound impact upon economics and related disciplines by the growth and improvements in information systems. Contributors survey many of the most significant issues in economics and our progress on them. The chapters in this volume focus on various individual interrelated subjects regarding the economics of information systems: the adoption and diffusion of information technologies; the pricing of data communications; the ways firms organize and transform themselves as information is better captured and disseminated within and across firms and customers; the means and tactics firms us to compete with each other; the manner in which firms interact with and distribute goods to customers; the methods and mechanisms for anonymous and infrequent interactions between users, firms, and customers in far reaching locations; and the type and use of information on customers and their behavior. These issues span areas of economics and disciplines within business schools. The volume provides a survey of our current state of knowledge in theses areas, while simultaneously framing the most fruitful directions for future research.The "Handbooks in Information Systems" is a comprehensive survey of the field of Information Systems. Each individual Volume gives the state-of-the-art of a sub-field of the Information Systems area. Volumes are divided into Chapters written by leading experts in the field.
Technological advances in processing and communicating information facilitate enormous economic transformations. This Handbook Volume surveys aspects of these transformations for information system researchers, economists, graduate students, and sophisticated practitioners. Its chapters focus on interrelated subjects regarding the economics of information systems: the diffusion, adoption, and pricing of information and communication technologies; the impact information technology is having on markets, organization of firms, and methods of innovation; how information technology is altering market frictions, firm competition, firms' knowledge of their customers, and improvements in the mechanisms by which prices are adjusted and information is collected.
1. Introduction to Handbook on Economics and Information Systems 2. Diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies to Business 3. Economics and Data Communications 4. Firms and Networks in Two-Sided Markets 5. Organizational Structure 6. Open Source Software: The New Intellectual Property Paradigm 7. Information, Search, and Price Dispersion 8. Behavior-Based Price Discrimination and Customer Recognition 9. Information Technology and Switching Costs 10. The Economics of Privacy 11. Product Bundling 12. Dynamic Pricing in the Airline Industry 13. Online Auctions 14. Reputation Mechanisms