Factors affecting the effective utilisation and adoption of sophisticated ICT solutions

Idisemi Apulu (School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Ann Latham (School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Robert Moreton (School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Journal of Systems and Information Technology

ISSN: 1328-7265

Publication date: 3 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to consider factors affecting the effective utilisation of information and communication technology (ICT) and the adoption of more sophisticated ICT solutions in small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopts a case study approach. Semi‐structured interviews in 25 SMEs were used as tools for data collection.

Findings

The paper identifies eight key factors that affect the effective utilisation and adoption of more sophisticated or advanced ICT solutions in Nigerian SMEs.

Research limitations/implications

The data for this research are drawn from a particular region in Nigeria, therefore, the findings are not generalisable to SMEs in other regions. Also, the data are collected from various industry sectors hence, it is not possible to have sector‐specific conclusions.

Practical implications

Effective utilisation of sophisticated ICT solutions in SMEs has great impact on SMEs' competitiveness. Also, the study could assist owner‐managers, policy makers and stakeholders to better understand the major challenges faced by Nigerian SMEs and create various initiatives to assist these SMEs.

Originality/value

The study provides insight into the adoption of sophisticated ICT solutions within Nigerian SMEs that is of value to owner‐managers, policy makers and academic researchers. The study further suggests means to achieve a successful and sustainable technology adoption in SMEs.

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Citation

Apulu, I., Latham, A. and Moreton, R. (2011), "Factors affecting the effective utilisation and adoption of sophisticated ICT solutions", Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 125-143. https://doi.org/10.1108/13287261111135972

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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