Electronic commerce development in small and medium sized enterprises: A stage model and its implications
The 1990s have witnessed the proliferation and hypergrowth of the Internet which, combined with traditional IT technologies, is creating a global, and cost-effective platform for businesses to communicate and conduct commerce. Because of today's shrinking world, companies must create new sources of competitive advantage almost on a daily basis. This fact becomes critical for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because they are considered to be a major component of all economies and are generally considered to be flexible, adaptive and innovative organizations, which appears to make them a good fit for electronic (e)-commerce. The present study presents an in-depth analysis of the e-commerce development stages and the facilitators and barriers for SMEs during each stage.
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