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Factors Affecting the Adoption of ICTs Among SMEs: Evidence From an Italian Survey

Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti () and Alessandro Sterlacchini ()

No 155, Working Papers from Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali

Abstract: The adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is a phenomenon that has been the object of increasing interest by the academic literature and the policy makers. In this paper, we carry out an econometric analysis of a sample of 168 enterprises located in the Ancona Province (Central Italy). An important result is that, in order to understand the main factor that drive SMEs to the adoption of ICTs, it is useful to divide the available technologies according to a taxonomy based on their typical use. In all cases, however, the availability of highly educated workers turns out to be a key factor. Policy implications are also discussed.

Date: 2001-10
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