Strategic Alliance: Wharton School and Internet Capital
Internet Capital Group (ICG), a leading business-to-business e-commerce
company, and the Wharton School announced last week a major alliance to
support and accelerate the School's e-business initiative.
The Wharton e-Business Initiative (WeBI) is an academic/industry partnership
encompassing research, corporate initiatives and curriculum development
in the e-business arena.
"One of the key strengths of WeBI is its ability to leverage the
expertise of leading businesses around the world that are dealing with critical
e-business issues in real-time," said Dr. Patrick T. Harker, dean of
the School and Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise."We
sought a partnership with ICG because this business builder embodies the
vision, leadership, talent and collective knowledge required for a serious
dialogue about the future of business, particularly in the B2B marketplace.''
Through the newly named ICG/Wharton Forum on Electronic Business, WeBI
and ICG will create and disseminate new research and knowledge that will
enable businesses to maximize the opportunities created by the Internet.
In addition, this new knowledge will enhance current WeBI educational programs
that prepare current and future business executives to lead effectively
and efficiently in a rapidly changing business environment.
"The skills, experience and legacy understanding of business evolution
within this collaboration represents a cumulative and aggregate B2B knowledge
base unmatched in the industry," said Walter Buckley, president and
CEO at ICG. "ICG has spent the past five years building a far-reaching
network of B2B companies, and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge
and experience to propel WeBI while leveraging Wharton's deep understanding
of business evolution and the Fortune 500 to benefit the growth of our partner
companies and the overall acceleration of e-business adoption."
"This partnership marries the most comprehensive research, real-world
knowledge and Internet assets and expertise, all of which will accelerate
the growth of e-business and fundamentally change the way business is done,"
added Dr. Raffi Amit, director of WeBI and the Robert B. Goergen Professor
The Wharton e-Business Initiative (WeBI) is a unique partnership among
business leaders, faculty and students to generate and disseminate knowledge
about e-business through research, academic programs and a range of corporate
Internet Capital Group (www.internetcapital.com)
is an Internet company actively engaged in business-to-business e-commerce
through a network of partner companies. It provides operational assistance,
capital support, industry expertise, and a strategic network of business
relationships intended to maximize the long-term market potential of more
than 70 business-to-business e-commerce companies. Headquartered in Wayne,
Pa., Internet Capital Group has offices in San Francisco, Boston, London,
Munich, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Wednesday, December 6, 2000,
from 4 to 6 p.m.
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
Members of the University who wish to attend as observers should so
indicate by calling the Office of the Secretry, (215) 898-7005.
I. Approval of the minutes of November 15, 2000. Time allocation:
- II. Status Reports
- A. President
- B. Provost
- C. Chair of the Steering Committee
- D. Chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
- E. Chair of the Undergraduate Assembly
- F. Chair of the Penn Professional Staff Assembly
- G. Chair of the A-3 Assembly
Time limit for reports and clarifications 25 minutes
III. Update on Disability Issues. Presentation 10 minutes, discussion
IV. Update on Manufacturer's Responsibility. Presentation 10 minutes,
discussion 10 minutes.
V. Open Forum. Presentation 3 minutes each, discussion 5 minutes
VI. Adjournment by 6 p.m.
TO: University Community
FROM: Larry Gross, Chair, Council Steering Committee;
William F. Harris, Moderator, University Council
SUBJECT: University Council Open Forum, December 6,
The issues for the University Council Open Forum in the order in which
they will be addressed are:
- Increase the allocation of resources for FLASH and other peer health
education groups on campus
- Lack of Latino student representation on University Council
- Safety and security, especially women's issues pending and of current
- Safety and security
- New life sciences building
- Ad Hoc Committee on Manufacturer's Responsibility
Presentations will be limited to 3 minutes. Issues that are not on the
schedule will be accommodated if time allows. The University Council meeting
is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.
The meeting is open to any member of the University Community who wishes
to attend, subject to space limitations. We suggest that people interested
in the Open Forum arrive at 5 p.m.