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New Technologies and Indian SMEs

Kaushalesh Lal

No 2005-06, UNU-INTECH Discussion Paper Series from United Nations University - INTECH

Abstract: The study identifies and analyses the factors that influenced the adoption of new technologies in SMEs. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been used as proxy of new technologies. The findings of the study suggest that industry-specific characteristics such as skill- and export-intensiveness have bearings on the type of ICT adoption. The size of operation measured in terms of sales turnover influenced the adoption of new technologies. The results also suggest that there are marginal differences in the labour productivity and profitability of firms that adopted varying degree of ICTs. In view of the fact that that MFA provisions are no more available to garments sector firms since January 1, 2005, the government needs to embark on providing technological, physical, and communication infrastructure at a globally competitive rate so that SMEs can withstand onslaught posed by large domestic firms and MNCs.

Keywords: small and medium enterprises; SMEs; technological change; information and communication technologies; ICT; India; competitiveness; technology policy; industrial policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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