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Exploring the common technology adoption enablers among Malaysian SMEs: qualitative findings

Abdullah, Nor Hazana and Wahab, Eta and Shamsuddin, Alina (2013) Exploring the common technology adoption enablers among Malaysian SMEs: qualitative findings. Journal of Management and Sustainability, 3 (4). ISSN 19254725


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Technology has been recognized as one of strategic resources for sustaining competitiveness among firms regardless of their sizes. Challenges in globalizations and strategic alliances are some of the issues underpinning technology adoption among SMEs. However, existing models on technology adoption have not provided sufficient insights on factors that could influence the successful adoption of technology among SMEs in Malaysia. Varying levels of technology adoption and high industrial diversity hinder comprehensive understanding on common factors affecting technology adoption. Therefore, this study aims to identify significant enablers that could have pervasive influence on technology adoption among SMEs in Malaysia by integrating internal and external factors together with the SME unique characteristics. A preliminary study via in-depth interviews was conducted to propose the SME technology adoption model to validate the influence of external factors, internal factors and SMEs’ owner-manager characteristics. This study employed multiple case studies strategy as its research design and in-depth interviews as primary data collection method. Collected data were analyzed using thematic analyses to identify recurring factors across cases. The findings showed that notwithstanding of the technologies adopted by the firms, internal factors and SME’s owner-managers characteristics have significant influence on technology adoption among SMEs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology adoption; owner-managers’ characteristics; Malaysian SMEs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD45-45.2 Technological innovations. Automation
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 02:04
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 02:04
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/8446
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