A framework for electronic commerce research in small to medium-sized enterprises

Al-Qirim, Nabeel A.Y. 2004, A framework for electronic commerce research in small to medium-sized enterprises, in Electronic commerce in small to medium-sized enterprises : frameworks, issues and implications, Idea Group, Hershey, Pa., pp.1-16.

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Title A framework for electronic commerce research in small to medium-sized enterprises
Author(s) Al-Qirim, Nabeel A.Y.
Title of book Electronic commerce in small to medium-sized enterprises : frameworks, issues and implications
Editor(s) Al-Qirim, Nabeel A.Y.
Publication date 2004
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 20
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Idea Group
Place of Publication Hershey, Pa.
Summary It is believed that the recent emergence of electronic commerce (e-commerce) in the early '90s could provide different opportunities to small to medium-sized enterprises (SME's) in overcoming part of their technological, environmental, organizational, and managerial inadequacies. However, recent research portrays a gloomy picture about e-commerce uptake and use in SME's. Therefore, the implication here is twofold. Initially, there is a need to generate more e-commerce research that could penetrate much deeper into main impending issues pertaining to the SME’s in their potential uptake and use of e-commerce. On the other hand, e-commerce is characterized of being embryonic but growing very fast and fragmented across the different disciplines, which makes the task of capturing its different perspectives a very complex one. The preceding two implications represent the greatest challenge for researchers and professionals interested in undertaking e-commerce research in SME’s. In line with the above implications, the first objective of this research aims at capturing the different e-commerce perspectives from the SMEs' point of view, and the second objective aims at capturing the e-commerce perspective from the theoretical and the methodological point of view. Addressing the preceding implications in this research could shed some light into some of the gray areas in the e-commerce research in SMEs.
ISBN 1591401461
9781591401469
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2004, Idea Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30000629

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