Exploring the Common Technology Adoption Enablers among Malaysian SMEs: Qualitative Findings

Nor Hazana Abdullah, Eta Wahab, Alina Shamsuddin


Technology has been recognized as one of strategic resources for sustaining competitiveness among firms regardless of their sizes. Challenges in globalizations and strategic alliances are some of the issues underpinning technology adoption among SMEs. However, existing models on technology adoption have not provided sufficient insights on factors that could influence the successful adoption of technology among SMEs in Malaysia. Varying levels of technology adoption and high industrial diversity hinder comprehensive understanding on common factors affecting technology adoption. Therefore, this study aims to identify significant enablers that could have pervasive influence on technology adoption among SMEs in Malaysia by integrating internal and external factors together with the SME unique characteristics. A preliminary study via in-depth interviews was conducted to propose the SME technology adoption model to validate the influence of external factors, internal factors and SMEs’ owner-manager characteristics. This study employed multiple case studies strategy as its research design and in-depth interviews as primary data collection method. Collected data were analyzed using thematic analyses to identify recurring factors across cases. The findings showed that notwithstanding of the technologies adopted by the firms, internal factors and SME’s owner-managers characteristics have significant influence on technology adoption among SMEs.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jms.v3n4p78

Journal of Management and Sustainability   ISSN 1925-4725 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4733 (Online)


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