Electronic business focuses on organizational transformations based on information technologies. Web-based electronic commerce is having a major impact on the activities of business organizations. A number of different forms of integration among or inside organizations have become feasible, for example: B2B (business-to-business), B2C (business-to-consumer), B2E (business-to-employee), in the areas of customer relationship management, supply chain management, aggregation of information assets, and other areas. Organizations that undertake e-commerce often make radical changes in their business models, and offer new products and services in ways that were not envisaged or possible previously. These new practices are referred to as "electronic business". Therefore, the concept of e-business, as described above, differs from the concept of e-commerce, which targets the technological context of online transactions.
There is an acute, global shortage of skilled personnel trained to develop electronic business solutions in a principled, systematic way. Developers and educators agree that expertise in electronic business must combine advanced knowledge of electronic commerce, business administration, information technology, and law. The University of Ottawa is particularly strong at the graduate level in all of these areas. The graduate diploma in electronic business, is based primarily on the expertise and resources within the graduate programs in business administration, computer science and law. The diploma is multidisciplinary and modular: it consists of common core courses, as well as optional courses.
On completion of the diploma, qualified students meeting admission requirements may apply to one of our existing master's programs, in particular the MBA and, on admission, complete the requirements for those programs with credit granted for relevant courses already completed in the diploma. The number of credits remaining would be assessed individually with relation to the student's chosen master's program.
The diploma operates within the framework of the General Regulations of the FGPS, which are available on the Website at the following link: