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Factors Affecting the Adoption of ICTs Among SMEs: Evidence From an Italian Survey

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  • Riccardo LUCCHETTI

    () (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Economia)

  • Alessandro STERLACCHINI

    () (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Management ed Organizzazione Aziendale)

Abstract

The adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is a phenomenon that has been the object of increasing interest by the academic literature and the policy makers. In this paper, we carry out an econometric analysis of a sample of 168 enterprises located in the Ancona Province (Central Italy). An important result is that, in order to understand the main factor that drive SMEs to the adoption of ICTs, it is useful to divide the available technologies according to a taxonomy based on their typical use. In all cases, however, the availability of highly educated workers turns out to be a key factor. Policy implications are also discussed.

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  • Riccardo LUCCHETTI & Alessandro STERLACCHINI, 2001. "Factors Affecting the Adoption of ICTs Among SMEs: Evidence From an Italian Survey," Working Papers 155, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
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    1. Ugo Fratesi, 2003. "Innovation Diffusion and the Evolution of Regional Disparities," ERSA conference papers ersa03p327, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Nicola MATTEUCCI & Alessandro STERLACCHINI, 2003. "ICT and Employment Growth in Italian Industries," Working Papers 193, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
    3. Stefania BUSSOLETTI & Roberto ESPOSTI, 2004. "Regional Convergence, Structural Funds and the Role of Agricolture in the EU. A Panel-Data Approach," Working Papers 220, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
    4. Anna Giunta & Francesco Trivieri, 2005. "The Adoption of Information Technology by Small and Medium Sized Italian Manufacturing Firms," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 3, July.
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    8. Roberto ESPOSTI & Pierpaolo PIERANI, 2005. "Price, Private Demand and Optimal Provision of Public R&D in Italian Agriculture," Working Papers 238, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
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