An SME Perspective of Vertical Application Service Providers

An SME Perspective of Vertical Application Service Providers

Nigel J. Lockett (Lancaster University, UK) and David H. Brown (Lancaster University, UK)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/jeis.2005040103
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Against a background of the low engagement of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in e-business, this article investigates the impact of e-aggregation applications, provided by emerging vertical application service providers (VSPs), and defined as “an e-business application, promoted by a trusted third party, which engages a significant number of SMEs by addressing an important shared business concern within an aggregation.” By conducting quantitative surveys of four aggregations of SMEs using these applications (users) and comparing these results with similar enterprises who are not (non-users), the research shows that such applications can facilitate the e-business engagement by SMEs.

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