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Mobile Data Technology (MDT) Adoption Process in Canadian Micro and Small Enterprises: An Exploratory Study

Mobile Data Technology (MDT) Adoption Process in Canadian Micro and Small Enterprises: An Exploratory Study
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Author(s): Vinod Kumar (Carleton University, Canada), G. Alan Pilcher (Carleton University, Canada) and Bharat Maheshwari (Carleton University, Canada)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch122
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Mobile Data Technologies (MDT) are a natural extension to the traditional office computing environment. It is predicted that more than two thirds of the active workforce will rely heavily on mobile data technologies for business related activities by 2007 (IDC, 2005). However, very little research is available on how MDT adoption decisions are taken by Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). In this paper, we present the results of an exploratory study on MDT adoption process in MSEs. The results presented are based on structured interview data collected from MDT adoption decision makers in 33 micro and small business enterprises. The study highlights some major ways in which the MDT adoption process in MSEs can differ significantly from Medium and Large sized organizations.

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