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Small businesses and e-government participation: the role of personalisation preference and intermediaries

Maryanne Scutella (Adelaide Business School, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia)
Carolin Plewa (Adelaide Business School, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia)
Carmen Reaiche (College of Business Law and Governance, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 18 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Advances in technology have given rise to an increased demand by small businesses for personalised e-government services. Given the importance of small businesses to the Australian economy, it is vital to deliver small business-centric services that offer potential to generate value. To do that effectively, government departments need to understand factors that affect small business. The purpose of this study is to explore how preferences for personalised services and the use of intermediaries affect small business participation behaviour and, in turn, stimulate positive outcomes that are of interest to the government.

Design/methodology/approach

This study draws on secondary data from a survey of 800 Australian small businesses about the digital services offered by a large government department. Structural equation modelling was used to empirically test the model.

Findings

The findings demonstrate that whilst preference for personalisation has a positive relationship with participation behaviour, reliance on an intermediary does not. While such behaviour fosters emotional connection and perceptions of partner quality, the results of this study show no significant impact on satisfaction.

Originality/value

This study advances knowledge about how small businesses can gain value from personalised support services. Importantly, it focuses on participation behaviour and small business – both of which are largely absent from existing studies. The findings can assist government departments to design personalised services that are valued by small businesses.

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Citation

Scutella, M., Plewa, C. and Reaiche, C. (2023), "Small businesses and e-government participation: the role of personalisation preference and intermediaries", Internet Research, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/INTR-02-2021-0107

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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