Title: An empirical investigation of the effects of e-readiness factors on e-business adoption in China's international trading industry

Authors: Fujun Lai, Dahui Li, Jian Wang, Joe Hutchinson

Addresses: College of Business, University of Southern Mississippi, USA. ' Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA. ' School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics, China. ' Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA

Abstract: Using Molla and Licker (2005a)|s Perceived E-Readiness Model (PERM), this study investigated the effects of Perceived Organisational E-Readiness factors (POER) and Perceived External E-Readiness factors (PEER) on the adoption of e-business among international trading firms in China. Data were collected from 307 international trading companies located in the Beijing area. Using correlation and ANOVA analyses, this research found that both POER and PEER factors had significant influences on e-business adoption. The study further reported on various aspects of e-readiness status, including e-business awareness, technology resources, market forces readiness, and the readiness of supporting industries. We concluded with research and managerial implications for international trading companies regarding e-business adoption.

Keywords: perceived e-readiness model; PERM; e-business adoption; international trading; China; e-readiness; electronic business.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2006.010869

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2006 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.320 - 339

Published online: 08 Sep 2006 *

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