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Why should small firms adopt ebusiness? A framework for understanding the SME ebusiness context

Parker, Craig and Castleman, Tanya 2007, Why should small firms adopt ebusiness? A framework for understanding the SME ebusiness context, in ACIS 2007 : Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Qld., pp. 497-507.

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Title Why should small firms adopt ebusiness? A framework for understanding the SME ebusiness context
Formatted title Why should small firms adopt ebusiness? A framework for understanding the SME ebusiness context
Author(s) Parker, Craig
Castleman, Tanya
Conference name Australasian Conference on Information Systems (18th: 2007: Toowoomba, Qld.)
Conference location Toowoomba, Qld.
Conference dates 5-7 December 2007
Title of proceedings ACIS 2007 : Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Editor(s) Toleman, Mark
Cater-Steel, Aileen
Roberts, Dave
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Start page 497
End page 507
Publisher University of Southern Queensland
Place of publication Toowoomba, Qld.
Keyword(s) small firms
electronic business
adoption
business goals
conceptual
Summary eBusiness research typically questions why small firms do not adopt these powerful technologies and suggests explanatory factors for these perceived shortcomings. This paper argues against the technological expansionist view by questioning why small firms should adopt eBusiness. Specifically, it proposes a new conceptualisation showing that each small firm has different circumstances and associated business goals, and that researchers and practitioners must convince each small firm why eBusiness should be used for its goals in preference to non-technology solutions. The paper also provides some preliminary insights, based on this view, into future theoretical and empirical directions to guide researchers who conduct small firm eBusiness adoption studies.
ISBN 0909756961
9780909756963
Language eng
Field of Research 150314 Small Business Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008026

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