Introspective reflections

organisational dimensions affecting the adoption and diffusion of e-commerce in SMEs

Chadi F. Aoun

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Abstract

This paper proposes a conceptual framework for studying internal barriers hindering the adoption of e-commerce in Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It starts by conceptually defining e-business and e-commerce and their relationship to SMEs. Factors motivating SMEs to adopt e-commerce are reviewed, along with barriers to such adoption. The barriers are then divided into external and internal. A conceptual framework for studying internal barriers is suggested where internal barriers are considered from a four dimensional perspective depending on whether they relate to Structural, Cultural, Political or Resource barriers facing SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-43
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of management and world business research
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • e-commerce
  • organisational dimensions
  • adoption and diffusion of technology

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