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The 19th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business (WHICEB2020) Held Successfully Online

On July 5, 2020, the 19th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, jointly sponsored by the School of Economics and Management at CUG, the International Cooperation Center of E-Commerce, the Business School at Alfred University from USA and Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim from Germany, was held online successfully. All participants have experienced a unique cloud discussion.

Professor Zhao Jing, Conference Chair, presided over the opening ceremony. Professor Liu Yongsheng, Vice President of China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Professor Doug Vogel, former President of AIS, Professor Wang Kanliang of Renmin University of China, Vice Chairman of CN-AIS, Conference co-Chair, Professor Juergen Seize of Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim, and Conference Program Committee Chair, Professor Weiguo (Patrick) Fan of the University of Iowa, USA, delivered welcome speeches. The guests congratulated the people of Wuhan on their victory over the COVID-19 epidemic. This conference is the first-ever online conference, where participants from all over the world gathered together across time and space to exchange innovative research findings.

Professor Yang Shuwang, dean of the School of Economics and Management, Yang Changrui, Party secretary of the School of Economics and Management, and Professor Guo Haixiang, vice dean of the Institute of Science and Technology Development, also attended the opening ceremony online. A total of more than 550 experts, scholars or graduate students from colleges and universities home and abroad attended the conference online. Many scholars and experts from the United States, Germany, Canada and Finland overcame the jet lag and participated in the online discussion.

Wuhan International Conference on E-Business is anAISaffiliated conference, and the only AIS academic conference held annually in China. The purpose of the conference is to show the innovative research results during the digital transformation era, and to promote e-commerce research with the integration of information systems, marketing, strategic management, economics and operation management. The conference received 134 papers from 7 countries (regions), and 61 scholars and graduate students from 37 universities presented their research results online. 15 topics of 12 fields, including "Big Data and Analytics", "Cross-cultural E-commerce", "Digital Technologies, Digital Transformation, and Business Value", "E-business Strategy & Online Marketing", "Artificial Intelligence and New IS Research" were discussed. One best paper, one nominated paper were selected at this conference, and 18 excellent papers are to be recommended to a couple of SSCI and EI international journals.

Conference proceedings will be published by the University of Calgary Press in Canada, and will be listed in AIS eLibrary,andindexed by CPCI-SSH. This series of WHICEBconferencereceived a total of 7600 submissions from 26 countries around the worldfrom2000. More than 4300 scholars and students fromover200 universities and more than 530 overseas scholars from 26 countries attended the conferences. More than 180 excellent papers were recommended to international academic journals indexed by SSCI and EI, which had great impacts worldwide.