Diffusion of innovation - the adoption of electronic commerce by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in regional Australia

Pease, Wayne and Rowe, Michelle (2003) Diffusion of innovation - the adoption of electronic commerce by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in regional Australia. In: Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC 2003): Celebration of Ehrenberg and Bass: Marketing Discoveries, Knowledge and Contribution, 1-3 Dec 2003, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

Many variables can influence the likelihood of innovation adoption. Analysis of these variables suggests that further research needs to be conducted to better understand the process of adoption. This paper explores the issues that influence the diffusion of innovation as it relates to the adoption of e-commerce by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) particularly in regional areas. While it is generally accepted that the strategic use of Information Technology (IT) is vital in the marketplace, SMEs, especially those in regional Australia, are lagging behind. The paper examines existing theory as it pertains to the diffusion of innovation from the perspective of regional SMEs. A research study is outlined to identify the causal factors responsible for this lack of uptake of IT. It is critical to understand such factors so that steps can be taken to redress this inequity and positively influence the acceptance and use of IT innovations in SMEs in regional Australia. An empirical investigation is planned to explore this diffusion and the slow rate of uptake by SMEs. This investigation will use a survey, preceded by focus groups, to uncover factors influencing the adoption or non adoption of IT innovations by SMEs.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Mr Wayne Pease
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:40
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 05:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: small and medium enterprises; SMEs; regional Australia; electronic commerce
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1347

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