The e-readiness of the Australian timber and wood sector

Blake, Jacqueline and Pease, Wayne (2005) The e-readiness of the Australian timber and wood sector. In: ITS 2005: ICT Networks - Building Blocks for Economic Development, 28-30 Aug 2005, Perth, Western Australia.

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This paper explores the issues surrounding the e-readiness of the Australian timber and wood products industry. A business organisation's e-readiness is a measure of its e-business environment, and a collection of factors that indicate how amenable a business is to information communications and technologies (ICT) based opportunities. A survey tool was developed and used to assess a number of factors including the extent of usage of ICT within the Australian timber sector, the sector's general business environment, the degree to which e-business is being adopted by the sector, the availability of services to support e-businesses, and the extent to which the business organisations within this sector are moving to e-business. This paper presents an overview of the statistical analysis of the survey responses. The analysed data provides a snapshot of the current level of e-business capacity within the timber sector. The analysis of the survey data also identifies barriers, real or perceived, that limit the move by the timber sector to e-business. This timber sector is characterised by two tiers. Tier 1 players are few in number, being national/global players well versed in strategy, management practices and ICT. Tier 2 players on the other hand tend to be small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operators. SMEs are characterised by lower levels of resources generally, including financial resources, technical expertise and tend to focus on operational issues rather than taking a strategic view. In Australia, the tier 2 players also tend to be located in regional and rural areas. The survey results indicated that there is a considerable lag in the use of ICT within tier 2 operators.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:18
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-business; e-readiness; Australian timber and wood products industry; information and communications technologies (ICT); small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 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
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/249

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