Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 14

Volume 14 Number 3, Pages 285-292

Fall 2003


Teaching Case
MetalSpectrum: A Virtual Marketplace For Brick-and-Mortar Products


Joyce Elam
Irma Becerra-Fernandez

Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199, USA

Abstract: This case study describes the sequence of events that led to the establishment of MetalSpectrum, a digital marketplace for the exchange of non-ferrous metals. Compared to the historical establishment of the London Metal Exchange, MetalSpectrum was created for the purpose of redefining the way non-ferrous metals were bought and sold. The case study examines how established companies seek to respond to the threat imposed by disruptive technologies like the Internet. Also critical success factor underlying the success of the Internet venture are discussed in the context of the period marked by the Internet frenzy of 1999-2001.

Keywords: B2B, eCommerce, Digital marketplace, Dot com

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Recommended Citation: Elam, J. & Becerra-Fernandez, I. (2003). Teaching Case: MetalSpectrum: A Virtual Marketplace For Brick-and-Mortar Products. Journal of Information Systems Education, 14(3), pp. 285-292.