Smes And New Technologies: Learning E-Business and Development

Hardcover | July 21, 2006

byB. Oyelaran-oyeyinka

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Recent empirical evidence across countries shows a substantial and increasing return to IT investment. New technologies open up opportunities for small firms to expand their markets beyond national borders. This books looks specifically at ICT adoption and learning trajectories in developing countries; a context characterized by skill deficiencies and weak institutional support. The authors employ a systemic theoretical framework and a variety of research techniques to present firm-level evidence on learning in firms in an Internet-based production environment. This book is an invaluable addition to the literature on small firms and economic development.

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Recent empirical evidence across countries shows a substantial and increasing return to IT investment. New technologies open up opportunities for small firms to expand their markets beyond national borders. This books looks specifically at ICT adoption and learning trajectories in developing countries; a context characterized by skill ...

BANJI OYELARAN-OYEYINKA is currently Professor and Senior Researcher at the United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH), The Netherlands. Up until early 2001, he was Senior Economic Affairs Officer with the UNCTAD, Geneva, Switzerland. He has published widely in international journals and his most recent book...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:July 21, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230002013

ISBN - 13:9780230002012

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Methodological Framework for Studying SME Clusters * Adoption of E-Business and Industry-Specific Factors * Determinants of E-Business Adoption * Learning New Technologies by SMEs: Mechanisms and Trajectories * Institutional Infrastructure Supporting E-Business Adoption * Collective Action, Competitiveness and E-Business Technologies * Growth of Employment and the Adoption of E-Business * New Technologies and Export Performance of SMEs * Conclusions