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The Influence of SME Owners' Characteristics on Technology Adoption

Ramayah, T., Mohamad, Osman, Omar, Azizah, Marimuthu, Malliga and Yeap, Jasmine Ai Leen (2012). The Influence of SME Owners' Characteristics on Technology Adoption. Indian Journal of Commerce and Management Studies,3(3):11-16.

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Title The Influence of SME Owners' Characteristics on Technology Adoption
Author Ramayah, T.
Mohamad, Osman
Omar, Azizah
Marimuthu, Malliga
Yeap, Jasmine Ai Leen
Journal Name Indian Journal of Commerce and Management Studies
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 3
eISSN 2229-5674
Start Page 11
End Page 16
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication India
Publisher Educational Research Multimedia & Publications
Abstract Technology adoption decisions among SMEs are believed to be inextricably linked to their owners who serve as key decision-makers in managing the business. Accordingly, this study investigates the relationship between SME owners’ characteristics (innovativeness, information systems (IS) knowledge and technology usage) and the adoption of technology in SMEs. Data was gathered from 544 SME owners of manufacturing and manufacturing-related companies involved in various industries scattered throughout Malaysia. The Partial Least Squares analysis revealed that owners’ IS knowledge and technology usage significantly influence technology adoption. However, owners’ innovativeness did not demonstrate any impact on technology adoption. Implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are further discussed inthe paper.
Keywords Small and medium enterprises
Technology adoption
IS knowledge
Technology usage
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