Dr. Ye-Sho Chen
Adress: 3193 CEBA, Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, E.J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
The third industrial revolution, combining information technology (IT) with globalization, produces increasingly complicated new business issues and opportunities. In his best-seller Business @ The Speed of Thought, Bill Gates wrote "Information Technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other." My current research, teaching, and consulting focus is on how entrepreneurs, empowered by IT, create and grow businesses globally. Specifically, there are five areas of IT and Global Entrepreneurship I am interested in: (1) how a new business is created; (2) how a business survives and thrives; (3) how a business divisionalizes as it evolves; (4) how a business succeeds globally; and most importantly (5) how IT can empower the related thought processes and activities. As the Associate Director of the International Franchise Forum, my primary function is to make our high-rank (#3 in 2004 by Forbes) Entrepreneurship program better. One major activity is to conduct the Netchising research and help organizations use franchising as an e-business growth strategy in the global market. Currently, at the International Franchise Forum, we are identifying the best practices of the franchise community in the United States and find the best way to customize these practices for e-business implementation in the largest market in the world, China.