Developing business community portals for SMEs-Issues of design, development and sustainability

Fisher, Julie and Craig, Annemieke 2005, Developing business community portals for SMEs-Issues of design, development and sustainability, Electronic markets, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 76-78, doi: 10.1080/10196780500083811.

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Title Developing business community portals for SMEs-Issues of design, development and sustainability
Author(s) Fisher, Julie
Craig, AnnemiekeORCID iD for Craig, Annemieke
Journal name Electronic markets
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 76
End page 78
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication St.Gallen, Switzerland
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1019-6781
Keyword(s) e-commerce; portal
small business
systems development
Summary Governments worldwide are using funding initiatives to encourage small businesses to adopt e-commerce technology. In Australia both State and Federal Governments have encouraged e-commerce uptake through the funding of Internet portal developments that have a specific community or business focus. The success of such portals, as with many Web developments, has been mixed and there is little evidence of any evaluation of the effectiveness of such investments. This paper reports on research into an Australian B2B business community portal from launch to closure. A survey and in-depth interviews with portal participants were undertaken. The research sought to understand how the portal had been developed, and what factors may have contributed to its demise. The findings identified a number of factors, not discussed in the literature, that are important in portal development. These include: how the development process is undertaken; technological readiness of the small business owners; meeting business expectations; and understanding the business community stakeholders. The results from this study suggest that portal projects such as this are problematic and funding bodies such as governments need to understand the factors that contribute to success before funds are committed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10196780500083811
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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