Technology adoption by apparel manufacturers in Tirupur town, India

Venu Varukolu (Louisiana State University – Human Ecology, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)
Haesun Park‐Poaps (Louisiana State University – Human Ecology, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

ISSN: 1361-2026

Publication date: 8 May 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the status of technology adoption of Indian apparel manufacturing firms and the organizational factors that affect the level of technology adoption.

Design/methodology/approach

Fourteen technologies applicable to apparel manufacturing were examined. A survey with an online questionnaire to apparel manufacturers in India was conducted to collect the data.

Findings

The most frequently adopted technology was the internet. The least frequently adopted technologies found in this study were robot‐related. The level of a firm's technology adoption was found to be significantly related to firm size positively and its export orientation negatively. It was also moderately related to competitive advantage. The effects of top management commitment, cost of capital, and technical skills were not significant.

Research limitations/implications

Generalizability of the results is cautioned because the data were from the firms in one industrial town. The results indicate that technology adoption is related to the recent, intensified trade competition. The relationships among export orientation, price competition, and technology adoption need to be studied further.

Originality/value

Given the importance of upgrading in today's competitive global trade environment, this study builds a knowledge base of the technology adoption in apparel manufacturing and influential factors in developing countries.

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Citation

Varukolu, V. and Park‐Poaps, H. (2009), "Technology adoption by apparel manufacturers in Tirupur town, India", Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 201-214. https://doi.org/10.1108/13612020910957716

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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