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Theories for Investigations

Theories for Investigations
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Copyright: 2015
Pages: 27
Source title: Strategic Utilization of Information Systems in Small Business
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): M. Gordon Hunter (The University of Lethbridge, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8708-0.ch004


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While there are many theories about information systems and also about small business, there are few that relate to both topics. Some theories relate information systems to business in general, but not to small business specifically. Research in this area is becoming more rigorous. One helpful approach has been to map information systems research in small business onto the Stages Theory of Small business. Other research has employed Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and Punctuated Equilibrium Theory. The result is the development of frameworks to facilitate investigations. These frameworks support the contention that new technologies may facilitate business transformation which, in turn, may improve performance and contribute to competitive advantage. This chapter presents general theories, including models and frameworks, about small business and investigations related to information systems. Then a series of overviews describe approaches to information systems and small business. These overviews are presented in more detail in subsequent chapters in this section of the book.

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