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Information Technology (IT) in Small Businesses: An Overlooked Opportunity?

Information Technology (IT) in Small Businesses: An Overlooked Opportunity?
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Author(s): Monica Diochon (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada) and Barry Wright (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 4
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch029
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330

Abstract

This paper examines the use of Information Technology (IT) by small businesses. We draw upon extant literature to propose and then test a model that examines the key motivational factors in the IT adoption decision. Survey data from a sample of small businesses in the Maritime Provinces of Canada are used in testing the model. The findings show that recognition of strategic opportunities for using IT builds incrementally as usage increases. The implications of the results and an agenda for further research are discussed.

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