Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and IT Diffusion Policies in Europe

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and IT Diffusion Policies in Europe The main argument to justify an information technology (IT) diffusion policy for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is that IT could act as a catalyzer to the SMEs' growth, which is important because of the role played by these firms in innovation and regional development. However, due to the heterogeneity of SMEs, present IT diffusion policies in Europe are reaching only a limited number of these firms. The aim of this paper is to discuss the obstacles to the implementation of an IT diffusion policy for SMEs. The main arguments that justify a policy for IT diffusion in SMEs, and the main initiatives taken for IT diffusion in these firms in European countries are summarized. The shortcomings of present policies will be discussed, together with possibilities to increase IT diffusion in SMEs. Small Business Economics Springer Journals

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and IT Diffusion Policies in Europe

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Business and Management; Management; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
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