Against a background of the low engagement of Small- to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in e-business this paper investigates the significance of hosted services and firm aggregations. On the basis of qualitative case studies of aggregations of SMEs, the research shows how e-business-based innovation can occur, and identifies the extent to which the aggregation factor contributes to this innovation. The research confirms existing understanding of the importance of network-based aggregations but adds to this with further detail and examples, including the 'outsourcing' of innovation to the Application Service Providers (ASPs).
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
- communication technology
- ICT adoption
- firm aggregations
- hosted applications