The Benefits of ICT Adoption: An Empirical Study of Nigerian SMEs

Apulu, Idisemi; Latham, Ann
January 2011
Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Manag;2011, p483
Conference Proceeding
The successful operation of companies in most industries is becoming increasingly dependent on their ability to adopt and utilize ICT systems (Chibelushi, 2008). The rapid development of ICT is suddenly changing the conventional way of doing business in organizations. In recent times, organizations of all types are adopting ICT in order to improve organizational efficiency, productivity, communication and to strengthen their competitiveness. In the present knowledge economy, there is a need for organizations, including SMEs, to develop some forms of competitive advantage with the use of ICT in order to be successful. SMEs play a vital role in the Nigerian economy and greatly contribute to the country's industrial development. Despite the growing number of studies on the benefits of ICT adoption in SMEs, the benefits of ICT adoption in the Nigerian context is still under researched. Thus, this paper is drawn from on-going PhD research and aims at investigating the benefits that are derived from the adoption of ICT within Nigerian SMEs. The analyses of data collected for this study would provide valuable information to SME owner-managers, policy makers and academic researchers.


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