Confusion with diffusion? Unravelling is diffusion and innovation literature with a focus on SMEs

Van Akkeren, Jeanette & Cavaye, Angele (1999) Confusion with diffusion? Unravelling is diffusion and innovation literature with a focus on SMEs. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 7(1), pp. 60-67.

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The aim of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of various models used in research for the adoption and diffusion of information technology in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Starting with Rogers' diffusion theory and behavioural models, technology adoption models used in IS research are discussed. Empirical research has shown that the reasons why firms choose to adopt or not adopt technology is dependent on a number of factors. These factors can be categorised as owner/manager characteristics, firm characteristics and other characteristics. The existing models explaining IS diffusion and adoption by SMEs overlap and complement each other. This paper reviews the existing literature and proposes a comprehensive model which includes the whole array of variables from earlier models.

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ID Code: 32464
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Internet technologies, SMEs, Australia, Diffusion
ISSN: 1449-8618
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Theory (080611)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2010 05:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:30

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