The assumed role of government as a driver of e commerce by offering subsidies or using active
e commerce technologies itself does not hold true for Germany. In fact, government and
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In summary, German firms adopted fast e commerce solutions after a certain time lag. Many of
those firms implementing e commerce technologies in a consistent way have benefited through
process improvements and increasing efficiencies. The e commerce diffusion race has reached a
maturity and international competitive stage which seems to be an excellent base for subsequent
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