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PERM: A Model of E-Commerce Adoption in Developing Countries

PERM: A Model of E-Commerce Adoption in Developing Countries
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Author(s): Alemayheu Molla (Addis Ababa University, South Africa) and Paul S. Licker (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch138
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


A growing volume of literature proclaims the benefits of e-commerce for developing countries. However, unless business organizations in developing countries incorporate e-commerce into their operations, the benefits will not appear. Also lacking are models through which to discuss e-commerce adoption in developing countries. This paper proposes such a model called the perceived eReadiness model (PERM). The model posits that an organization’s perceptions of its internal (POER) and external (PEER) eReadiness influence both the initial adoption and the subsequent maturity of e-commerce.

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