Mobile data technology for small business : needs, uses, and adoption

Harker, Debra & Van Akkeren, Jeanette (2002) Mobile data technology for small business : needs, uses, and adoption. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 9(2), pp. 17-30.

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The technological environment in which contemporary small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operate can only be described as dynamic. The exponential rate of technological change, characterised by perceived increases in the benefits associated with various technologies, shortening product life cycles and changing standards, provides the SME a complex and challenging operational context. The primary aim of this research was to identify the needs of SMEs in regional areas for mobile data technologies (MDT). In this study a distinction was drawn between those respondents who were full-adopters of technology, those who were partial-adopters and those who were non-adopters and these three segments articulated different needs and requirements for MDT. Overall the needs of regional SMEs for MDT can be conceptualised into three areas where the technology will assist business practices, communication, e-commerce and security.

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ID Code: 32459
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Australia, SMEs, Internet technologies, Mobile data technologies, E-commerce
ISSN: 1449-8618
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Mobile Technologies (080502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2010 04:58
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:31

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