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Business on-line? An empirical study of factors leading to the adoption of Internet technologies by Australian SMEs

Slade, Peter & Van Akkeren, Jeanette (2002) Business on-line? An empirical study of factors leading to the adoption of Internet technologies by Australian SMEs. Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, 10(1), pp. 50-64.

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Abstract

E-commerce technologies such as a website, email and the use of web browsers enables access to large amounts of information, facilitates communication and provides niche companies with an effective mechanism for competing with larger organisations world-wide. However recent literature has shown Australian SMEs have been slow in the uptake of these technologies. The aim of this research was to determine which factors were important in impacting on small firms' decision making in respect of information technology and e-commerce adoption. Findings indicate that generally the more a firm was concerned about its competitive position such a firm was likely to develop a web site. Moreover the 'Industry and Skill Demands' dimension suggested that as the formal education of the owner/manager increased, coupled with the likelihood that the firm was in the transport and storage or communication services industries, and realising the cost of IT adoption was in effect an investment, then such a firm would be inclined to develop a web site.

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ID Code: 32453
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: E-commerce, SMEs, Internet technologies, Australia
ISSN: 1443-458X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2010 14:48
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:30

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