Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

INTRA-FIRM DIFFUSION OF INNOVATION: EVIDENCE FROM TUNISIAN SMEs REGARDING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

Contents:

Author Info

  • ADEL BEN YOUSSEF

    ()
    (GREDEG and Univ. Nice Sophia-Antipolis, 250 Rue Albert Einstein 06560 Valbonne, France)

  • WALID HADHRI

    ()
    (ADIS-Univ. Paris Sud and UAQUAP-Univ. of Tunis, 54 Boulevard Desgranges 92331 Sceaux Cedex, France)

  • HATEM M'HENNI

    ()
    (ESC- Univ. of la Manouba Campus, Universitaire la Manouba, 2010, Tunis, Tunisia)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is twofold: first, we want to explore the intra-firm diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) within Tunisian firms and to characterize its general trends regarding adoption and usage. Second, we want to emphasize the rank and epidemic effects highlighted by the disequilibrium models of intra-firm diffusion of innovation following the traditional view of Mansfield (1963a) and Antonelli (1985). Based on a face-to-face questionnaire of a random sample of 175 firms, our article shows that:(i) Three technological waves of ICT adoption are well characterized in the Tunisian manufacturing sector. This dynamic of adoption is linked to the age of the technologies. Time is the main explanatory variable for intra-firm diffusion of these technologies.(ii) A positive correlation between the size of the firm, seniority and the depth of adoption is found. This econometric estimation shows that the rank effect is well characterized within the Tunisian firms.(iii) A positive correlation between technological absorptive capacity building and intensity of ICT usage is found. This correlation confirms the epidemic effect.Our results show that disequilibrium model explanations of intra-firm diffusion of innovation are valid within the Tunisian manufacturing sector and seem more appropriate than the equilibrium theory for developing countries.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.worldscinet.com/cgi-bin/details.cgi?type=pdf&id=pii:S1793812011000338
Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

File URL: http://www.worldscinet.com/cgi-bin/details.cgi?type=html&id=pii:S1793812011000338
Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

Bibliographic Info

Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Middle East Development Journal.

Volume (Year): 03 (2011)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
Pages: 75-97

as in new window
Handle: RePEc:wsi:medjxx:v:03:y:2011:i:01:p:75-97

Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.worldscinet.com/medj/medj.shtml

Order Information:
Email:

Related research

Keywords: ICT adoption; depth of ICT adoption; ordered probit model;

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wsi:medjxx:v:03:y:2011:i:01:p:75-97. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Tai Tone Lim).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.