SMEs and e-business: implementation, strategies and policy

Mário Pedro Leite de Almeida Ferreira*

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Abstract

The adoption of E-Business by SMEs is a critical issue for economic development. More than 90% of world companies are SMEs and E-Business is widely recognized as a critical source of competitive advantage. Thus, it is important to understand why SMEs are lagging behind large firms in terms of E-Business adoption and assimilation. This chapter will attempt to search for explanations through a comprehensive analysis of main topics in terms of E-Business implementation, strategies and policy. It is believed that the inadequacy of existing E-Business adoption incentives and theoretical models may be due to SME specificity, as these companies are conditioned among other by resource availability and high CEOs/owners' dependency. Empirical evidence shows that SMEs have erratic behaviors in terms of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment and need external support to integrate E-Business in the overall strategy of the firm.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall and Medium Enterprises
Subtitle of host publicationconcepts, methodologies, tools, and applications
PublisherIGI Global
Pages97-117
Number of pages21
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781466638877
ISBN (Print)1466638869, 9781466638860
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2013

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