Adopting Information Systems in a Small Company: A Longitudinal Study

Özgün Imre
2016 Journal of Applied Economics and Business Research JAEBR   unpublished
For some time there has been an increase in adoption of enterprise systems by small companies. With well-documented potential benefits, there are a lot of reasons to adopt them. In this study however the choice to adopt smaller pieces of information systems by a small organization is investigated to provide a counter example to the integrated-solution literature. With the intention to adopt an enterprise system at the beginning, the case provides a dynamic story of a small organization and how
more » ... arious factors impacted on the intention and resulted in an assemblage of information systems instead. By adoption the technology-organisation-environment framework and a single case study design, the case indicates that in addition to the oft-cited factors such as organisational size and IT readiness, social norms and the characteristics of a central individual, such as the owner, play a prominent role in information systems adoption, and highlights how these factors are connected to each other. JEL classification: M15; O33