Government initiatives for IT adoption in small businesses: experiences of the Singapore Small Enterprise Computerization Program

Gable, Guy G. & Raman, K. S. (1992) Government initiatives for IT adoption in small businesses: experiences of the Singapore Small Enterprise Computerization Program. International Information Systems, 1(1), pp. 68-93.


Singapore is known as one of the four tigers of the Pacific Rim. Although Singapore is a tiny island country with no natural resources, the government of Singapore has aggressively pursued national policies and initiatives which have enabled it to enter the world industrial mainstream. In this article, Gable and Raman describe one such government inltlative designed to help small businesses computerize. In simple terms, the Singapore government set up the Small Enterprise Computerization Program (SECP) under the National Computer Board with ,a charter to provide small businesses with funds and appropriate technical support to determine their computer requirements and to design their computer infrastructure. This article describes the history of the Program, how it evolved over time, and what was learned along the way. The authors conclude that strong government commitment, and the availability of financial resources, appropriate technology, and technical expertise, were essential to the successful implementation of the Program. One of the most gratifying aspects of the Program Is the significant impact that resulted from its relatively simple, low-cost approach. Although the approach and the Program would most likely be modified to meet local conditions, the concept is easily transportable to other countries seeking to upgrade the informatlon system capabilities of their small business community.

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ID Code: 4472
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: small business, government initiatives, computerization, consultant engagement
ISSN: 0963-8687
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1992 Elsevier
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:59

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