Explaining contextual factors affecting e-commerce adoption progression in selected SMEs: Evidence from Botswana
Shemi, AP and Procter, CT 2013, 'Explaining contextual factors affecting e-commerce adoption progression in selected SMEs: Evidence from Botswana' , International Journal of Management Practice (IJMP), 6 (1) , pp. 94-109.
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This paper provides an interpretive account of contextual factors that affect the progression of e-commerce in six Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) in a developing country context of Botswana. The methodology followed multiple in-depth case studies, using semi-structured face-to-face interviews, website analysis, observation and document analysis. Results show that contextual factors peculiar to each SME provide better explanations on how SMEs progress in e-commerce adoption. At the high level of adoption, managerial innovativeness and the nature of the external e-commerce market has contributed to success in two SMEs, whereas the local business environment in combination with some organisational factors can explain the low-level and non-adoption in the other four SMEs. Future implications indicate that managers need to pay particular detail to the unique and idiosyncratic nature of SMEs in guiding decisions for e-commerce adoption in their firms.
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|Schools:||Schools > Salford Business School
Schools > Salford Business School > Business and Management Research Centre
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Management Practice (IJMP)|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||Chris Procter|
|Date Deposited:||28 Feb 2013 10:14|
|Last Modified:||08 Nov 2015 23:04|
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