E-business, innovation and SMEs - the significance of hosted services and firm aggregations

David H Brown, Nigel J Lockett

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Abstract

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).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-112
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • innovation
  • e-business
  • SMEs
  • communication technology
  • ICT adoption
  • firm aggregations
  • hosted applications
  • intermediaries
  • networks

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