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Inter- and intra-firm diffusion of technology: The example of E-commerce: An analysis based on Swiss firm-level data

  • Hollenstein, Heinz
  • Woerter, Martin

The paper aims at a joint analysis of inter-and intra-firm diffusion of technology, taking as an example E-selling and E-purchasing. The analysis is based on an encompassing model of diffusion, drawn from the literature, which is extended by considering technology-specific obstacles and benefits of adoption. As hypothesised, we find, first, that the determinants of inter- and intra-firm diffusion differ in case of both types of E-commerce; secondly, that the drivers of the diffusion of E-selling and E-purchasing are not the same, and, finally, that uncertainties and adjustment costs, mostly neglected in previous work, are important factors in explaining technology diffusion.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 545-564

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