Drivers for Information and Communication Technology Adoption: A Case Study of Nigerian Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Idisemi Apulu, Ann Latham


In recent times, the current use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in many organizations
causes some forms of revolution in their business practices. ICT is increasingly becoming related to
organizational values (Rastrict and Corner, 2010). Researchers (e.g. Rastrict and Corner, 2010; Lin and Lin,
2006 and Melville et al., 2004) reveal that there is a growing support for the positive relationship between ICT
and its advantages. According to Kapurubandara and Lawson (2006), ICT offers promising opportunities to
organizations in order to meet the challenges of an ever-changing environment. ICTs have a remarkable potential
to contribute to sustained competitive advantage for businesses, having been identified as key tools in
management processes (Ion and Andreea, 2008). Kutlu and Özturan (2009), argue that in Small and Medium
Sized Enterprises (SMEs), ICT can be used as a business tool to reduce costs, create stronger links with
customers, create innovations and facilitate market niche. Ongori (2009) also states that SMEs are compelled to
adopt ICT in their business processes in order to cope with the challenges in the business environment. Thus, this
paper intends to identify some drivers for ICT adoption amongst 25 SMEs in Nigeria. The paper is drawn from
on-going PhD research.

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