Clustering, Collaboritive Networks, Collaborative Networks, and Small and Medium Enterprises

Clustering, Collaboritive Networks, Collaborative Networks, and Small and Medium Enterprises

Michelle Rowe (Edith Cowan University, Australia) and Janice Burn (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-126-1.ch011
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Abstract

Information technology (IT), which underpins the information society, has brought with it a number of changes that have far-reaching consequences for business, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs). One such change is IT-facilitated collaboration and the sharing of information by organizations, which has implications for the processes within and among those organizations. The focus here is on collaborative networks of SMEs and collaboration around IT. Of particular interest is collaborative commerce (c-commerce). The relationship among collaborative networks, including c-commerce and clustering, is explored, and factors necessary for c-commerce adoption by SMEs are outlined. Finally, an overview of the results of a Delphi study, the first phase in a longitudinal study into the adoption of c-commerce by Australian SMEs, is provided.

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