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An Application of an Ecological Model to Explain the Growth of Strategies of Internet Firms:: The Cases of eBay and Amazon


  • Javalgi, Rajshekhar
  • Cutler, Bob
  • Todd, Patricia


Companies doing business on the Internet have experienced environmental turbulence from early growth and subsequent decline as businesses failed. The Internet provides a unique opportunity to examine the evolution of a business sector over a relatively short time period. Biological models to represent and predict the competitive dynamics within a business sector have been utilized. Using the analogy of strategies used in natural systems, this paper will demonstrate the applicability of using a model of population dynamics to companies that have survived the burst of the Internet bubble, specifically the cases of Amazon and eBay.

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  • Javalgi, Rajshekhar & Cutler, Bob & Todd, Patricia, 2004. "An Application of an Ecological Model to Explain the Growth of Strategies of Internet Firms:: The Cases of eBay and Amazon," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 464-470, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:22:y:2004:i:4:p:464-470

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    1. Dou, Wenyu & Ghose, Sanjoy, 2006. "A dynamic nonlinear model of online retail competition using Cusp Catastrophe Theory," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 59(7), pages 838-848, July.


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