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Information 2012, 3(1), 36-67; doi:10.3390/info3010036

Strategies for Successful Information Technology Adoption in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

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Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
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Department of Agriculture and Young Researchers Club, Garmsar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Garmsar, Iran
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Received: 31 October 2011 / Revised: 22 January 2012 / Accepted: 31 January 2012 / Published: 13 February 2012
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Abstract

Information Technology (IT) adoption is an important field of study in a number of areas, which include small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Due to the numerous advantages of IT, SMEs are trying to adopt IT applications to support their businesses. IT adoption by SMEs differs from larger organizations because of their specific characteristics, such as resources constraints. Therefore, this research aims to provide a better and clearer understanding of IT adoption within SMEs by reviewing and analyzing current IT literature. In this research, the review of literature includes theories, perspectives, empirical research and case studies related to IT adoption, in particular within SMEs from various databases such as Business Premier, Science Direct, JStor, Emerald Insight and Springer Link. The proposed model of effective IT adoption is believed to provide managers, vendors, consultants and governments with a practical synopsis of the IT adoption process in SMEs, which will in turn assist them to be successful with IT institutionalization within these businesses.
Keywords: initial adoption; implementation; post adoption; information technology; information system; small and medium-sized enterprises initial adoption; implementation; post adoption; information technology; information system; small and medium-sized enterprises
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Ghobakhloo, M.; Hong, T.S.; Sabouri, M.S.; Zulkifli, N. Strategies for Successful Information Technology Adoption in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Information 2012, 3, 36-67.

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