The internet and small to medium-sized enterprises: research notes

Lawrence, Japhet Eke (2009) The internet and small to medium-sized enterprises: research notes. Information, society and justice journal, 2 (2). pp. 221-235. ISSN 1756-1078

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The growth of the Internet has opened up a vast arena, providing more opportunities for businesses, particularly small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to sell their products and services to a global audience than they would have been able to afford to reach using the traditional methods. SMEs are extremely important to many countries and their contribution to economy cannot be over emphasized. They are socially and economically important, since they represent 99 % of all enterprises in the EU and provide around 65 million jobs and contribute to entrepreneurship and innovation. Given the strategic importance of the SME sector to growth and job creation and the large base of current Internet users as well as potential users, the success of SMEs gaining business leverage from the Internet is critical to the future of global economies (Lawrence, 2002). It could be argued that SMEs stand to benefit significantly from the opportunities and benefits that Internet offers to businesses. Therefore, the use of the Internet is widely seen as critical for the competitiveness of SMEs in the emerging global market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, Society and Justice Journal, Debates and Commentaries, Internet, electronic commerce, World Wide Web, Information Communication Telecommunication, Information Technology, Small to Medium-sized Enterprises
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation
600 Technology > 650 Management & auxiliary services
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: David Pester
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 16:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 15:54


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