An investigation into the adoption and implementation of electronic commerce in Saudi Arabian small and medium enterprises

Al-Somali, Sabah A.; Clegg, Ben and Gholami, Roya An investigation into the adoption and implementation of electronic commerce in Saudi Arabian small and medium enterprises. IN: Small and medium enterprises. Information Resources Management Association, (ed.) Hershey, PA (US): IGI Global.

Abstract

Saudi Arabian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will face fierce competition from new entrants to local markets as a result of their accession to the Word Trade Organisation (WTO), and electronic commerce (e-commerce) technologies can reinforce SME's competitive edge. This study investigates the state of e-commerce adoption and analyses the factors that determine the extent to which SMEs in Saudi Arabia are inclined towards deploying e-commerce technologies. This could assist future firms in designing effective implementation projects. Seven SMEs' e-commerce adoption levels are studied as a case. The Technology-Organization-Environment (TOE) framework was used as the major source of inspiration in our analysis of e-commerce adoption amongst Saudi SMEs. In addition to advancing research on e-commerce in Saudi Arabia, this chapter also highlights several directions for future inquiry and implications for managers and policymakers.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-3886-0.ch040
Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management
Aston Business School > Operations & information management research group
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all),Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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