E‐book devices and m‐commerce: what might be the impact on organizational learning?

Vanessa Ratten (Assistant Professor, based at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Publication date: 5 October 2010



The aim of this paper is to explore how e‐book devices and m‐commerce affect organizational learning.


This paper examines how e‐books are changing the m‐commerce industry by encouraging organizations to adopt electronic formats of written material.


This paper highlights how e‐books can make a difference to organizations by being a more cheaper and efficient way to share information and knowledge.

Research limitations/implications

As e‐books are a relatively new innovation that organizations are using it is important to understand how people within an organization learn and use e‐books.

Practical implications

Organizations need to keep up to date with new technology and e‐books provide a unique way for organizations to learn about market developments and encourage information sharing throughout the whole organization.

Social implications

E‐books enable people in an organization to share information in a timely and secure manner. However, for society this may mean an increase in unethical conduct such as illegal downloading that organizations need to be aware of.


This paper highlights how e‐books are used by individuals within an organizational context and the impact on the market for organizations having e‐book devices.



Ratten, V. (2010), "E‐book devices and m‐commerce: what might be the impact on organizational learning?", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 24 No. 6, pp. 6-7. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777281011084685

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