Electronic data interchange (EDI) adoption: a study of SMEs in Singapore

Li, Ping and Mula, Joseph M. (2009) Electronic data interchange (EDI) adoption: a study of SMEs in Singapore. In: Information systems research methods, epistemology, and applications. Information Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey PA, USA, pp. 272-292. ISBN 978-1-60566-040-0


A review of the literature showed that there appears to be very little research undertaken on EDI adoption by SMEs particularly in Singapore. The study by Ping Li and Joseph Mula is a preliminary attempt to quantify this area. Using a survey-based methodology, the research examined EDI adoption. Results indicate that Singapore SMEs confirm finding by some researchers that EDI adoption is significantly associated with a firm’s annual sales but is not significantly associated with employee size as other studies have shown. This study is at odds with previous single-dimension EDI adoption studies indicating a significant relationship between firm size (annual sales) and EDI depth. Organization size showed a significant relationship with the volume and diversity of EDI use but not with the depth and breadth. The most important reason for Singaporean SMEs to adopt EDI was pressure from their EDI-capable trading partners, treating pressure from their competitors as the least important.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 15. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. See the Website location above for details.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2008 04:51
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: EDI; electronic data interchange; SMEs; Singapore
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150301 Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence)
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100504 Data Communications
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910406 Technological and Organisational Innovation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4613

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