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Small Business in Indonesia: Application of E-Commerce and the Role of Financial Technology as a Source of Finance

Small Business in Indonesia: Application of E-Commerce and the Role of Financial Technology as a Source of Finance
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Author(s): Tulus Tambunan (Center for Industry, SME and Business Competition Studies, USAKTI, Indonesia)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on Innovation and Development of E-Commerce and E-Business in ASEAN
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mohammad Nabil Almunawar (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei), Muhammad Anshari Ali (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei) and Syamimi Ariff Lim (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4984-1.ch006

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Abstract

It is undeniable that information and communication technology (ICT) has changed many things in business. The existence of ICT has also increasingly influenced the way business activities are financed via online, known as financial technology (fintech)-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lending companies. This chapter is based on a study which aims to explore the use of e-commerce by small businesses, represented by micro and small enterprises (MSEs), and the role of P2P lending companies in financing MSEs in Indonesia. As an exploratory investigation, it adopts a descriptive analysis. It analyses secondary data and primary data collected from interviews with randomly selected P2P lending companies and owners of MSEs that have been granted loans from these companies. The results suggest that the use of e-commerce by MSEs in Indonesia is still very low. Although national data is not available yet because it is a new phenomenon, this chapter suggests that the emergence of fintech, especially the P2P lending category, will expand MSEs access to funding from formal sources.

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