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Readiness to Adopt E-Business Among SMEs in Malaysia: Antecedents and Consequence

Marimuthu, Malliga, Omar, Azizah, Ramayah, T. and Mohamad, Osman (2011). Readiness to Adopt E-Business Among SMEs in Malaysia: Antecedents and Consequence. International Journal of E-Adoption (IJEA),3(3):1-19.

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Title Readiness to Adopt E-Business Among SMEs in Malaysia: Antecedents and Consequence
Author Marimuthu, Malliga
Omar, Azizah
Ramayah, T.
Mohamad, Osman
Journal Name International Journal of E-Adoption (IJEA)
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 3
eISSN 1937-9641
Start Page 1
End Page 19
Total Pages 19
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher I G I Global
Field of Research COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES
Abstract The adoption of the Internet as a business strategy tool is becoming an important way for firms to expand their business through innovative strategies. This study provides an insight concerning the factors that influence the adoption of the Internet to support business activities, also known as e-business among SMEs in Malaysia. In addition, the study also examines the relationship between e-business adoption and the business performance of the SMEs. Using a structured survey questionnaire, a usable response was received and statistically analyzed from 177 SMEs that currently use e-business. The research found that organizational characteristics, technology characteristics and environmental characteristics influence e-business adoption and that the adoption of e-business has a direct influence on the business performance of the SMEs. The findings of this study can aid and encourage the SMEs in developing countries to build a competitive advantage by using the Internet in their business strategy practices.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/jea.2011070101   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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