Small firm transformation through IS
Levy, Margi and Powell, Philip. (2008) Small firm transformation through IS. International Journal of Technology Management, Vol.43 (No.1-3). pp. 123-141. ISSN 0267-5730Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJTM.2008.019411
Globally, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged, particularly by governments, to embrace c-business. Fully adopting e-business involves substantial change in firms, both internally and externally. However, there is little understanding of the mechanisms by which such business transformation occurs. While there are no tested e-business transformation models, existing Information System (IS) transformation models suggest a single, dominant path. Venkatrarnan's (1994) business transformation model provides a means of determining IS development that has been validated in large firms. There is little research into its applicability to SMEs, but the exploratory research in multiple SME cases reported here reveals three business transformation paths, termed prescribed, disconnected and disjointed. The research demonstrates why some SMEs ossify at certain stages of transformation and how disconnected progression may preclude SMEs from gaining the benefits of process redesign and scope redefinition. The implications of the transformation paths for e-business, for the model and for SMEs are discussed.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Centre for Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Technology Management|
|Number of Pages:||19|
|Page Range:||pp. 123-141|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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