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eBusiness as a driver for regional development

Beynon-Davies, Paul 2010. eBusiness as a driver for regional development. Journal of Systems and Information Technology 12 (1) , pp. 17-36. 10.1108/13287261011032634

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe and explain the case of a major knowledge transfer project conducted over seven years within a region of the UK. Design/approach – As part of this project a large survey is conducted on an annual basis which aims to track eBusiness adoption amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region and the effects of such adoption upon regional development. Findings – The paper presents findings from this longitudinal study and discusses these findings in terms of conceptions of eBusiness and the importance of developing more sophisticated instruments for assessing eBusiness maturity amongst SMEs. From the research there is clear evidence of the role of eBusiness adoption as a driver of regional development. The benefits from the initial Opportunity Wales programme are still materializing several years after the completion of the first three years of the seven year project. Research limitations/implications – This is a study of one region in Europe. Further regional cases are required to support the findings. Practical implications – The findings should help regional planners and national governments assess the value of eBusiness initiatives. Originality/value – This paper describes the case of a programme funded by the European Union involved with the transfer of eBusiness knowledge to SMEs conducted over the period April 2001 to September 2007 within a major region of the UK. The scope of the research project and its longitudinal nature make the study original.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic commerce ; Knowledge transfer ; Regional development ; Small to medium-sized enterprises ; Wales
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1328-7265
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:33

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