Formulating Policy on E-Commerce and Trade for SMEs in the Asia Pacific Region: An APEC Study

Formulating Policy on E-Commerce and Trade for SMEs in the Asia Pacific Region: An APEC Study

John Breen (Victoria University, Australia), Suzanne Bergin-Seers (Victoria University, Australia), Stephen Burgess (Victoria University, Australia), Gordon Campbell (Victoria University, Australia), Muhammad Mahmood (Victoria University, Australia) and Robert Sims (Victoria University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-202-2.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter examines the role that the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has played in setting government policy to encourage increased trade by SMEs. A study of six “successful” micro and small businesses in APEC economies that was commissioned by APEC examines their attitudes towards trade and e-commerce. The case studies show that e-commerce can be a facilitator to trade for businesses with a propensity towards entrepreneurship and good management practices. To other businesses it may be seen as an inhibitor due to the lack of knowledge associated with its use and its benefits. The chapter shows how APEC used this study and some of its other initiatives to develop its IT and e-commerce policy for SMEs as part of its overall policy for SME development in the region.

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Chapter 1
Nabeel A.Y. Al-Qirim, Brian J. Corbitt
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Chapter 2
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Building Infrastructure for SME Adoption of E-Business: The Canadian Experience
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In this chapter we present an overview of the approach taken by the Dutch government regarding the development of the information society and in... Sample PDF
Helping SMEs to Engage in Electronic Commerce: The Dutch Way
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Chapter 4
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E-Commerce as a Business Enabler for Small and Medium Size Enterprises: Issues and Perspectives from Singapore
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Chapter 5
Stephen B. Chau, Paul Tuner
Previous research has identified that small business faces additional barriers to e-commerce adoption compared with large business. More recently it... Sample PDF
An SME Experience of E-Commerce: Some Considerations for Policy Formulation in Australia
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Chapter 6
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As electronic commerce (e-commerce) is becoming the way to trade, it is the large corporations that are exploiting their finances and technical... Sample PDF
Obstacles to SMEs for E-Adoption in the Asia Pacific Region
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Chapter 7
John Breen, Suzanne Bergin-Seers, Stephen Burgess, Gordon Campbell, Muhammad Mahmood, Robert Sims
This chapter examines the role that the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has played in setting government policy to encourage increased... Sample PDF
Formulating Policy on E-Commerce and Trade for SMEs in the Asia Pacific Region: An APEC Study
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Chapter 8
Anne Wiggins
This chapter not only presents an overview of the theoretical awareness and understanding of innovation, but also identifies and discusses existing... Sample PDF
EU E-Commerce Policies: Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs Through Innovation
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This chapter looks into the key infrastructure factors affecting the success of small companies in developing economies that are establishing B2B... Sample PDF
B2B E-Commerce Infrastructure Success Factors for Small Companies in Developing Economies
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Chapter 10
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This chapter examines the adoption and non-adoption of electronic commerce (EC) by formally networked and non-networked small to medium enterprises... Sample PDF
Comparison of Factors Pertaining to the Adoption and Non-Adoption of Electronic Commerce in Formally Networked and Non-Networked Regional SMEs: A Study of Swedish Small Businesses
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Chapter 11
Yu Chung William Wang, Michael S.H. Heng
Many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been under pressures from large firms to implement Business-to-Business e-commerce (B2B e-commerce)... Sample PDF
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Tanya Castleman, Marina Cavill
Governments assume a major role in providing information resources for business as a way of promoting national development. This has proven to be a... Sample PDF
Providing Information for Business: Government Strategy for the Online World
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Chapter 13
G. Michael McGrath, Elizabeth More
As in many other countries, the take-up rate of e-commerce in Australian SMEs has been poor. The Australian Government has attempted to address this... Sample PDF
Government Promotion of E-Commerce in SMEs: The Australian Government's ITOL Program
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