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SME Adoption and Use of ICT for Networked Trading Purposes: The Influence of Sector, Size and Age of Firm

SME Adoption and Use of ICT for Networked Trading Purposes: The Influence of Sector, Size and Age of Firm
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Author(s): Fintan Clear (Brunel University, UK), Adrian Woods (Brunel University, UK) and Keith Dickson (Brunel University, UK)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 18
Source title: Small and Medium Enterprises: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3886-0.ch038

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Abstract

Based on empirical evidence gained by a telephone survey of 375 SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), this chapter uses logistical regressions as a means of identifying the potential for relationships between three variables - industry sector, firm size (as measured by employment), and age of firm - as they influence ICT ownership, ICT use and ICT benefits. Such inter-relationships can then be used to identify networked trading practice and proclivity. Data was gathered for firms on the basis of four industrial sectors (‘Media’, ‘Logistics’, ‘Internet Services’ and ‘Food Processing’) in a region encompassing West London and adjacent counties. Logistical regressions on the sample data suggest that possession, application and the benefits derived from ICT can be explained on the basis of single and multiple variables or as the result of none, and are individuated as either ‘just sector’, ‘just size’, ‘sector and size’, ‘sector and age’, ‘sector, size and age’ or ‘no variable’.

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