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Internet adoption by rapidly internationalising SMEs: a further challenge to staged e-adoption models

Loane, Sharon, Bell, James and Deans, Kenneth (2007) Internet adoption by rapidly internationalising SMEs: a further challenge to staged e-adoption models. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 4 (3). pp. 277-290. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2007.013252


There has been considerable recent interest in the literature on the impact of the internet on the internationalisation processes of SMEs. This contribution reports the findings of a four-country study on how internationalising Australian, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand firms utilise the internet. The findings suggest that SMEs in all countries use it extensively for communication purposes and make fairly widespread use of the internet for business processes, marketing and product development purposes, competitor analysis and market intelligence gathering. However, low usage is found in terms of online transactions and supply chain management. From these results, the authors conclude that many rapidly internationalising SMEs do not follow 'stages' of internet adoption suggested by many of the extant e-adoption models.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:internationalisation; small firms; internet adoption; entrepreneurship; small business; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; Australia; Canada; Ireland; New Zealand; e-adoption models; online; world wide web.
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School
Ulster Business School > Department of International Business
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:12350
Deposited By: Dr Sharon Loane
Deposited On:27 May 2010 14:32
Last Modified:09 May 2016 11:00

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