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Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2011 39 A review for ubiquitous commerce research and application (2000–2009) Liyi Zhang Center for Studies of Information Resources and Center for Studies of Modern Services, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China E-mail: lyzhang@whu.edu.cn Qihua Liu* School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China E-mail: qh_liu@163.com *Corresponding author Abstract: As the next generation of business model, ubiquitous commerce (u-commerce) triggered a lot of attention among the academic circle, enterprises and governmental agencies. We review the literature on u-commerce, and suggest directions for research in this still emerging field. The 171 papers about u-commerce (2000–2009) are classified and the results are presented based on a scheme that consists of three distinct layers: the theory layer, the technology layer and the application layer. The paper’s results could significantly help other researchers by providing a source of authoritative review and papers classified per subject and research method used. Keywords: ubiquitous commerce; ubiquitous business; pervasive commerce; ubiquitous information systems; ubiquitous application; pervasive application; mobile communication; literature review. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Zhang, L. and Liu, Q. (2011) ‘A review for ubiquitous commerce research and application (2000–2009)’, Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp.39–56. Biographical notes: Liyi Zhang is a Professor and Dean of the Department of Information System and E-commerce in the School of Information Management, Wuhan University. His research interests include information system, e-commerce and information retrieval. He has published five books, over 40 academic papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings. Qihua Liu is a PhD candidate

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