Electronic Commerce and Telework Trends

Benchmarking Progress on New Ways of Working and New Forms of Business across Europe


Project logoEuropean policy is increasingly focussed on promoting the business techniques and new ways of working which will provide the economic and social foundation of the Information Society. The main aim of the ECaTT project is to generate representative information on the prevalence and distribution of electronic commerce and new forms of work (teleworking) in Europe, thus providing a unique statistical basis. It will also provide an up-to-date picture of major practices, projects and schemes across Europe. In addition, ECaTT will carry out a representative analysis of current obstacles to electronic commerce and telework from a business perspective.

Three major data gathering activities have been conducted:

The countries covered are: Germany, United Kingdom, France , Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Ireland.

The project will provide the starting point for the foundation of a pan-European observatory on the uptake across Europe of these two broad areas of ICT development. Furthermore, Information on new ways of working and electronic commerce in the US and Japan will be collated as reference bases in order to benchmark progress in Europe as a whole.

It is foreseen that ECaTT will be an "observatory project" which should be repeated annually in order to provide reliable trend information together with a regularly updated market overview. The ECaTT project is co-funded by the EU ESPRIT and ACTS programmes.

A broad range of publicity and dissemination activities are envisaged and that will make results immediately accessible world-wide. These include the EcaTT website, book publications, presentations at the European Assemblies on Telework in 1999 and 2000, and co-operation with sponsors and pan-European initiatives (e.g., Telework Europa Forum, European Telework Development Project, Electronic Commerce Europe Association and European Information Technology Observatory).

WRC are a lead partner in EcaTT and have completed the following tasks:

Further details of these and other activities can be found on the official ECaTT website.