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Understanding the determinants of information technology adoption: evidence from Italian manufacturing firms

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Abstract:

Our empirical study aims at identifying the determinants of Information Technology (IT) adoption by small and medium sized Italian manufacturing firms. An ordered probit analysis is conducted on a sample of about 17 000 firms surveyed by the Italian Statistical Institute, using as a dependent variable an index of IT adoption. Our results show that firm size, geographical location, functional composition of the workforce, R&D activity, subcontracting, exports and collaboration between firms are all highly significant determinants of IT adoption. Such results are consistent with most of the predictions advanced in the few studies existing on this topic.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840600567678

Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, University of Rome 3, 00145 Rome, Italy 2: Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, Italy

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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