John W. Bagby is Professor of Business Law at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his bachelors degree at the University of Kansas, the J.D. degree in law from the University of Tulsa, pursued graduate study in business at New York University - Graduate School of Business and received the M.B.A. degree from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the Missouri Bar. Professor Bagby has taught business law, business organizations, regulation, real estate law, securities regulations, commercial law and intellectual property to undergraduates and M.B.A.s at Penn State, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Austin. He has received teaching awards from both undergraduate and graduate student organizations. Additionally, Professor Bagby has presented to several executive education programs and in continuing education workshops. Professor Bagby has co-authored numerous college texts and casebooks. He is a principal co-author on Irwin's Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business, (3rd edition, 1996, Richard D. Irwin, Co. Homewood, IL), Irwin's Business Law: Concepts, Analysis Perspectives (3rd edition, 1994) and Legal Aspects of the Management Process, (4th edition, 1990, West Publishing Company, St. Paul, MN). He is sole author of the forthcoming e-Commerce Cyberlaw, (West Pub. Co. 2002). Professor Bagby has served on numerous college and university committees including membership or chair of the University Faculty Senate, Protection of Human Subjects, honors advisor, Ombudser, Faculty Advisory Committee, the Alumni Society Board of Advisors, General Education Implementation, and the Task Force on Intellectual Property, among others.
This book will identify and articulate the key legal, regulatory and public policy issues arising in the migration of society to cyberspace and in businesss implementation of e-Commerce methods. Readers will learn about the legal and business issues of e-Commerce with a view to gaining perspective on the transformation of traditional contracting behaviors and processes as they move into cyberspace, under e-Commerce conditions. A major focus is on how existing laws will accommodate the transition and on what issues new perspectives are needed from legislation, regulation, judicial interpretation, private contracting, industry self-regulation and public policy. This book will enable business decision-makers to involve legal counsel earlier to minimize legal risks precipitated by their innovative business practices.