The influence of gender on the adoption of technology among SMEs
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business , Volume 33 - Issue 4 p. 514- 531
This study explores the influence of gender on adoption of information technology (IT) among owners of small firms. In the small firm context, owner-managers are central to decision-making, including IT adoption. This potentially allows gender-related factors to influence the IT adoption decision. Accordingly, the research literature associated with female business owners is used to comment conceptually on gender-related factors subsumed among accepted antecedents of IT adoption decisions. Empirical findings are based on 21 key informant interviews. The study documents numerous perceived gender-related influences embedded within IT adoption among owners of small- and medium-sized enterprises, such that women are less likely than men to adopt IT. The implications for research, policy and practice are discussed.
|Digital competencies, Gender, ICT, Information technology, IT, Technology adoption model, Women entrepreneurs|
|International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business|
|Organisation||Sprott School of Business|
Orser, B.J. (Barbara J.), & Riding, A.L. (2018). The influence of gender on the adoption of technology among SMEs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 33(4), 514–531. doi:10.1504/IJESB.2018.090341