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This chapter discusses the use of an extended stage model for the evaluation of the adoption of e-business in SMEs. Empirical studies of e-business adoption are rare in Middle Eastern and developing countries and the chapter provides valuable insight into this region by presenting an account of the use of the extended stage model to explore the level of e-business adoption among Yemeni SMEs.

In making this examination, the challenges and opportunities that accompany e-business adoption are revealed. The internal drivers and barriers, such as finance and skills, are recognised along with the external factors that include infrastructure and legislation. It also provides valuable insight into the macro-level socio-political determinants of e-business adoption that have not previously been appreciated: the study was undertaken during the Yemen Civil War in 2016.

Current adoption models imply that organisations adopt technologies in a linear fashion, gradually increasing complexity and capability. This study makes an important contribution by recognising that there are multiple points at which SMEs may ‘enter’ the technology adoption ladder.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating Entrepreneurial Space
Subtitle of host publication Talking through Multi voices, reflections on emerging debates
EditorsDavid Higgins, Paul Jones, Pauric McGowan
Place of PublicationBingley, Bradford
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Chapter2
Volume9
EditionPart B
ISBN (Electronic)978-1787563711, 978-1787563735
ISBN (Print)978-1787695788
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Volume9B
ISSN (Print)2040-7246

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