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Myths and Reality of Electronic Commerce Barriers for SMEs?

Myths and Reality of Electronic Commerce Barriers for SMEs?
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Author(s): Carina Ihlstrom (Goteborg University, Sweden), Monika Magnusson (Karlstad University, Sweden), Ada Scupola (Roskilde University, Denmark) and Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen (Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 3
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch098
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


In this paper we look into earlier empirical research on the barriers to electronic commerce (EC) for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). We look into research conducted in the context of information and communications technologies (ICT) in general, as well as EDI and Internet based EC. We divide the barriers, inhibitors or factors slowing down the diffusion of new technologies found in literature into those internal to an organization, and those imposed by external forces. The basic premise of this paper is, that technologies advance or change, but the barriers for SMEs to adopt them do not.

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