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Information systems and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): state of art of IS research in SMEs

Jan Devos UGent, Hendrik Van Landeghem UGent and Dirk Deschoolmeester UGent (2014) Progress in IS.
abstract
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are of crucial importance to most economies all over the globe. Although there is no single generalized definition for a SME, they are most widely seen as companies with less than 500 (US & Canada) or 250 (Europe and elsewhere) employees. SMEs provide since 2000 everywhere more than 50% of all employment (or 67% of employment outside the financial industry). A number that is continuous growing. Entrepreneurial SMEs are also seen as principal drivers for innovativeness and economic growth. However SMEs are more confronted than large companies by resource constraints such as access to financial capital, IT expertise, knowledge and skills. For SMEs, a vital source for competitive advantage is the ability to remain agile and responsive to the business environment. The adoption of IT is therefore paramount for SMEs. Unfortunately SMEs face numerous challenges in implementing information systems (IS). The lack of human and financial resources in SMEs often lead to a slower IT adoption process and to a lot of IS failures. Although literature points out significant differences between SMEs and large companies, IS research has dominantly focused on large companies but often brings conclusions that are supposed applicable to SMEs. Recently, research on SMEs and IS has proliferated and has nearly become a standalone stream within the IS research field. This research stream is considered one of the top ten issues of information systems management. However, more research is needed to identify factors that contribute to IS effectiveness.
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editor
UGent, UGent and UGent
organization
year
type
bookEditor
publication status
in press
subject
keyword
ERP, Research, EA, BPM, SCM, Open Software, Social Media, SMEs, IT/IS
series title
Progress in IS
pages
500 pages
publisher
Springer
ISBN
978-3-642-38243-7
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B3
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2308880
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2308880
date created
2012-06-17 16:28:23
date last changed
2015-04-17 11:03:17
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  editor       = {Devos, Jan and Van Landeghem, Hendrik and Deschoolmeester, Dirk},
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  keyword      = {ERP,Research,EA,BPM,SCM,Open Software,Social Media,SMEs,IT/IS},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {500},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Progress in IS},
  title        = {Information systems and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): state of art of IS research in SMEs},
  year         = {2014},
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Chicago
Devos, Jan, Hendrik Van Landeghem, and Dirk Deschoolmeester, eds. 2014. “Information Systems and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): State of Art of IS Research in SMEs.” Progress in IS. Springer.
APA
Devos, Jan, Van Landeghem, H., & Deschoolmeester, D. (Eds.). (2014). Information systems and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): state of art of IS research in SMEs. Progress in IS. Springer.
Vancouver
1.
Devos J, Van Landeghem H, Deschoolmeester D, editors. Information systems and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): state of art of IS research in SMEs. Progress in IS. Springer; 2014.
MLA
Devos, Jan, Hendrik Van Landeghem, and Dirk Deschoolmeester, eds. “Information Systems and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): State of Art of IS Research in SMEs.” Progress in IS 2014 : n. pag. Print.