Information and Communication Technology in Small and Medium-sized High-tech companies: A Management Perspective

Daniel Kathan

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Abstract

The adoption and usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a strongly discussed issue. In particular the interorganizational adoption is recognized as an important issue. While big companies have most of their processes with partners integrated by now, there is still a lot of work to do within the small and medium-sized companies. One of the hypothesis in this context is that high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (HT-SME) are leading in comparison to average SME concerning their intraorganizational and interorganizational adoption of ICT. The goals of the study are a description of the state-of-the-art of the (interorganizational) adoption of ICT in high-tech SME. A further goal is the dicsussion of elements of a management framework which allows handling ICT in HT-SME in a more efficient and effective way. The methodology used for analyzing the interorganizational adoption of ICT in the high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises as well as for developing the above stated framework is case study based. Interesting intermediate data became visible. It seems that even the small and medium-sized high-tech companies do not use highly sophisticated information and communication technology for interorganizational cooperations. Further interesting results are that hardly any of the companies interviewed develop their employees for using ICT in intra- and interorganizational settings. Another interesting result is that HT-SME hardly evaluate the spending in intraand interorganizational ICT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference and Doctoral Workshop 2006
EditorsGloria Rossini
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9789081078412
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2006 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 11 May 200613 May 2006
Conference number: 14

Conference

Conference14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2006
Abbreviated titleHTSF
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period11/05/0613/05/06

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