An interpretive framework for the investigation of e-business engagement by SMEs: the construction industry

Nigel J Lockett, David H Brown

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Abstract

The lack of anticipated engagement in e-business by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), who are an important contributor to economic activity, is of increasing concern to governments and service providers alike. This paper explores the use of an interpretive framework which includes theoretical contributions from ICT adoption by SMEs, strategic networks and inter-organisational systems and e-business models literatures in an industry specific context, in this case the UK construction industry. Current levels of e-business engagement are considered together with evidence of aggregation and the role of intermediaries by the use of quantitative (survey) and qualitative (case study) methods. The example of the construction industry is investigated within the interpretive framework resulting in critical comment and validation in order to provide the basis for future multiple case investigations.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmericas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 5-7 Aug (Tampa, FL, USA ) - 2003
Pages42-52
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Small to medium-sized enterprises
Construction industry
Electronic business
Interpretive
ICT adoption
Intermediaries
Government
Strategic networks
Interorganizational systems
E-business model
Economic activity
Case study method
Industry
Service provider

Keywords

  • e-Business
  • SMEs
  • ICT adoption
  • I-ONs
  • aggregation

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Lockett, N. J., & Brown, D. H. (2003). An interpretive framework for the investigation of e-business engagement by SMEs: the construction industry. In Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 5-7 Aug (Tampa, FL, USA ) - 2003 (pp. 42-52)
Lockett, Nigel J ; Brown, David H. / An interpretive framework for the investigation of e-business engagement by SMEs : the construction industry. Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 5-7 Aug (Tampa, FL, USA ) - 2003. 2003. pp. 42-52
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Lockett, NJ & Brown, DH 2003, An interpretive framework for the investigation of e-business engagement by SMEs: the construction industry. in Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 5-7 Aug (Tampa, FL, USA ) - 2003. pp. 42-52.

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Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 5-7 Aug (Tampa, FL, USA ) - 2003. 2003. p. 42-52.

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