Australian SME adoption of cloud computing: drivers and challenges

Bahjat Fakieh, Peter Busch, Yvette Blount

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Adopting cloud services may increase opportunities for achieving competitive advantage and improving business outcomes - this is significant to Australian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which account for 96% of all Australian organizations. This work explored via a semi-structured survey – the possible drivers and challenges for Australian SMEs adopting cloud computing, to achieve a competitive advantage. Some 470 Australian SMEs were sampled in six Australian cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Wollongong, and Newcastle. A conceptual framework was developed using Resource Based Theory (RBT) together with the Technology, Organization and Environment (TOE) framework. This work provides an objective benchmark concerning the drivers and challenges when SMEs adopt cloud computing, however we restrict ourselves to the Australian context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Business Information Systems
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 2021


  • Australia
  • Challenges
  • Cloud computing
  • SME
  • Technology adoption
  • Drivers of change

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