Research analysts and investment bankers are grudgingly watching boundaries blur as the Internet's influence spreads.
"As the Internet expands across all business sectors, specialists and other sectoral analysts and investment bankers are bumping into each other's turf," said Joan Zimmerman, a principal of the executive recruitment firm G.Z. Stephens Inc., New York.
"Traditional analysts and investment bankers are vying with those who cover Internet companies over who should cover hybrid businesses," said Ms. Zimmerman. "For instance, who covers health care Internet companies -- the technology group or the health care department?
Analysts and bankers are loath to accept limits on their ability to make money by having their territories diminished or shared, particularly in new, hot and profitable areas," she said.