Title: E-business in a turbulent world: usage in European small and medium size enterprises

Authors: Michael Quayle

Addresses: Business School, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK

Abstract: This article explores the awareness and level of implementation of e-business in European small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) primarily operating in the manufacturing sector. The results of a survey of 232 small firms are used to identify the challenges and responses faced by SMEs. Finally, the author provides a research agenda and suggests paths which might be followed by such firms in seeking to achieve best in class performance in ebusiness.

Keywords: small firms; supply chain; e-business; purchasing; manufacturing; Europe; SMEs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2003.002164

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2003 Vol.1 No.1, pp.41-52

Published online: 21 Jul 2003 *

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