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Adoption of new information technologies in rural small businesses


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  • Premkumar, G.
  • Roberts, Margaret
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    The media discussion on 'information superhighway', 'Internet' and 'national information infrastructure (NII)' has highlighted the potential of information technology in modern society. The changes in information and communication technologies provide both opportunities and threats to small businesses located in rural communities. The objective of this study is to identify the state of use of various communications technologies and the factors that influence the adoption of these technologies in small businesses located in rural communities in the US. A research model is postulated that contains 10 independent variables under three broad categories -- innovation, organizational and environmental characteristics. The dependent variable, adoption of information and communication technologies, is measured as the degree of adoption of four modern communication technologies by the organization. Data from 78 organizations were collected using a structured interview process. The results of data analysis using discriminant analysis indicate that relative advantage, top management support, organizational size, external pressure and competitive pressure are important determinants of adoption.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Omega.

    Volume (Year): 27 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 467-484

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:27:y:1999:i:4:p:467-484

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    Keywords: Small business IT adoption Communication technologies IS implementation Innovation adoption Information technology;


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    1. Juan M. Gallego & Luis H. Gutiérrez & Sang H. Lee, . "A Firm-Level Analysis of ICT Adoption in an Emerging Economy: Evidence from the Colombian Manufacturing Industries," Development Working Papers 362, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano.
    2. BEN YOUSSEF, Adel & METHAMEM, Raouchen & M'HENNI, Hatem, 2009. "Disparités régionales et diffusion des TIC en Tunisie
      [Regional disparities and ICTs diffusion in Tunisia]
      ," MPRA Paper 17938, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2009.
    3. 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.
    4. Windrum,Paul & Berranger,Pascale,de, 2003. "Factors affecting the adoption of intranets and extranets by SMEs: a UK study," Research Memorandum 026, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    5. Taylor, W.A. & Wright, G.H., 2006. "The contribution of measurement and information infrastructure to TQM success," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 372-384, August.
    6. Berranger,Pascale,de, 2002. "The adoption of e-business technology by SMEs," Research Memorandum 033, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    7. Dale Young & John Benamati, 2004. "A Cross-industry Analysis of Large Firm Transactional Public Web Sites," American Journal of Business, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 19(1), pages 37-46.


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