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Determinants of intention to adopt big data and outsourcing among SMEs: organisational and technological factors as moderators

Mohammad Iranmanesh (School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)
Kok Hong Lim (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Behzad Foroughi (Department of International Business Administration, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Meen Chee Hong (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Morteza Ghobakhloo (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia) (School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 27 May 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Present research aims to study the determinants of big data analytics (BDA) adoption intention and outsourcing in the context of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Design/methodology/approach

The partial least squares approach was employed to analyse data collected from 187 SMEs.

Findings

The findings indicate that relative advantage, competitive pressure and environmental uncertainty significantly influence SMEs' BDA adoption intention. Top management support moderates the association between the regulatory environment and BDA adoption intention. Furthermore, organisational readiness moderates negatively the association between BDA adoption intention and propensity to outsource BDA.

Practical implications

The findings benefit SMEs' managers/owners in making well-informed decisions in the BDA adoption process.

Originality/value

The majority of the previous research on BDA adoption intention is limited to large corporations. To address the gap on determinant factors of BDA adoption intention among SMEs, the drivers of BDA adoption intention and propensity to outsource were investigated using the technology-organisation-environment model.

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Citation

Iranmanesh, M., Lim, K.H., Foroughi, B., Hong, M.C. and Ghobakhloo, M. (2023), "Determinants of intention to adopt big data and outsourcing among SMEs: organisational and technological factors as moderators", Management Decision, Vol. 61 No. 1, pp. 201-222. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-08-2021-1059

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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