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Internet adoption barriers for small firms in The Netherlands

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  • Walczuch, Rita
  • Van Braven, Gert
  • Lundgren, Henriette
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    Small firms are not adopting the Internet with the same speed their larger counterparts do, although it could offer many advantages to them. This study explores several factors that influence small businesses in their choice of Internet use (e.g. benefits and barriers). The main barriers to Internet adoption and to developing a Web presence are simply the concern that the Internet or the Website would not lead to more efficiency or lower costs. However, the benefits that Dutch small firms are deriving from their Websites can be described as 'border-crossing'. These results seem to confirm the 'international' image of Dutch businesses.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Management Journal.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 5 (October)
    Pages: 561-572

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    Keywords: E-commerce Internet Adoption Small Businesses Web Presence;

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    1. Sang Lee & Jinhan Kim & Yeonog Choi & Sang-Gun Lee, 2009. "Effects of IT knowledge and media selection on operational performance of small firms," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 32(3), pages 241-257, March.
    2. Jordi Vilaseca-Requena & Joan Torrent-Sellens & Antoni Meseguer-Artola & Inma Rodríguez-Ardura, 2007. "An Integrated Model of the Adoption and Extent of E-Commerce in Firms," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 222-241, May.
    3. Phua Lian Kee & Siti Nabiha Abd. Khalid & Chee Hong Kok & Adeline Lau & Cheng Chai Yu, 2013. "Internet Technologies Usage by Audit Firms in Malaysia," Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, vol. 9(1), pages 47-66.
    4. Zarina Syuhaida Shaarani & Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz, 2013. "Website Adoption: Overview of Malaysian Cost Engineering Firms," Diversity, Technology, and Innovation for Operational Competitiveness: Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Technology Innovation and Industrial Management, ToKnowPress.
    5. Shameen Prashantham, 2005. "Toward a Knowledge-Based Conceptualization of Internationalization," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 37-52, January.

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