E-business and fast growth SMEs

Bi, R, Davison, R and Smyrnios, K 2016, 'E-business and fast growth SMEs', Small Business Economics, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 559-576.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title E-business and fast growth SMEs
Author(s) Bi, R
Davison, R
Smyrnios, K
Year 2016
Journal name Small Business Economics
Volume number 48
Issue number 3
Start page 559
End page 576
Total pages 18
Publisher Springer
Abstract This paper tests a theoretical model to evaluate e-business capability and value in the fast growth small-to-medium enterprise (SME) context. We propose that e-business value depends on how fast growth SMEs deploy IT resources, strategic planning, culture, and business partnerships to develop e-business capability and business process competence which help these companies to achieve outstanding business performance. Structural equation modelling is employed to test our theoretical conceptualization on a cohort of 310 Australian fast growth SMEs across different industrial sectors. The results show that IT resources, strategic IT alignment, market orientation, and business partnerships do contribute significantly and indirectly to SME performance through the development of e-business capability and business process competence. Our study provides an initial empirical evidence to understand the relationship between IT and entrepreneurial SME performance. These findings have important implications for research and business practices.
Subject Entrepreneurship
Keyword(s) E-business capability
E-business value
Business process competence
Resource-based view of the firms theory
Fast growth SMEs
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s11187-016-9788-8
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ISSN 0921-898X
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