Nigel J. Lockett

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Against a background of the low engagement of SMEs in e-business this paper investigates the emergence of, and potential for, critical e-applications defined as „an e-business application, promoted by a trusted third party, which engages a significant number of SMEs by addressing an important shared business concern within an aggregation.‟ By a review of(More)
This deliberately dual perspective paper seeks to deepen our understanding of the engagement of SMEs in hosted enterprise applications in the UK. The emergence and development of the ASP sector has attracted much interest and highly optimistic forecasts for revenues. The paper starts by considering ICT adoption by SMEs in general before reviewing the(More)
The potential for the emergence of digital enterprise communities enabled by one or more intermediaries, termed eClusters, has been predicted from empirical research in business communities of SMEs in the UK. The role of intermediaries, which will be pivotal to the formation of eClusters, is examined in this paper and forms part of a wider investigation(More)
Against a background of the low engagement of SMEs in e-business this paper investigates the emergence of innovative critical e-aggregation applications defined as ‘an e-business application, promoted by a trusted third party, which engages a significant number of SMEs by addressing an important shared business concern within an aggregation.’ By a review of(More)
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a pivotal role in virtually all the world economies. For example in the US and Europe they typically constitute over 98% of all businesses by number, provide more than half of the work force and generate about 50% of GDP. In terms of new employment their role is dominant – in the 1990s some 80% of the new jobs(More)
The lack of anticipated engagement in e-business by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), who are an important contributor to economic activity, is of increasing concern to governments and service providers alike. This paper explores the use of a conceptual framework which includes theoretical contributions from ICT adoption by SMEs, strategic networks(More)
This paper presents research exploring further the concept that many SMEs do not adopt computer based technologies due to decision maker’s negative attitudes towards computers generally. Importantly, by assessing the entrepreneur’s belief structure, we provide quantitative evidence how SMEs, particularly micros, are affected. Earlier research that addresses(More)
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