by John Van Beveren and Helen Thomson Background Recent media hype about the Internet, e-commerce, computing, and telecommunications companies potentially has increased the awareness of electronic commerce. With further developments in electronic business technologies surely coming, it seems likely that many more sectors of the economy may engage in some form of electronic business. However, the findings of many surveys cond u c t e d w o r ld wid e s u gg e s t t h a t e-commerce is not being adopted as readily by small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) as one might have expected. The size of the company and the perceived importance of e-commerce to business functions consistently have been noted as possible factors in determining whether businesses get involved in e-commerce. For example, Weiss (2000) and Ruth (2000) both suggest that the adoption of e-commerce depends on the size of the businesses involved, with larger firms more likely to adopt it than smaller ones. Locke (2000) found that 41 percent of the New Zealand SME owners surveyed about e-commerce were still unsure of what the concept meant. In separate research, Ruth (2000) surveyed the e-commerce activity of small companies in New Jersey
Journal of Small Business Management – Wiley
Published: Jul 1, 2002
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