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Assessment of e-commerce adoption benefits by Indonesian women entrepreneurs

Kartiwi, Mira and Gunawan, Teddy Surya (2013) Assessment of e-commerce adoption benefits by Indonesian women entrepreneurs. In: The 4th International Conference on Information & Communication Technology for the Muslim World (ICT4M), 25-27 Mar 2013, Rabat, Moroco.

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Abstract

The importance of the small to medium enterprise (SME) sector as the cornerstone of most economies is widely recognised. This is not only borne out by the number of SMEs (almost 90% of the total number of businesses across the world), but also by their significant role in creating employment opportunities. SMEs are considered to be the only realistic employment opportunity for those in lower income brackets, especially women in developing countries. However, studies also show that there are inherent issues impede the growth of female-owned SMEs, particularly those in rural areas in developing countries. Among others are the difficulties in accessing financial assistance to set up a business, the child-rearing obligation which limits women’s mobility and access to information of the available market. Electronic commerce (e-commerce), on the other hand, has radically changing the dynamics of the business environment and the way in which people and organizations are conducting business with one another. For SMEs, e-commerce has the potential to become a source of competitive advantage. E-commerce is a cost effective way of accessing customers globally and competing on par with large businesses. Despite the many benefits of e-commerce, little research has been done to investigate the role of e-commerce in mitigating the location and gender specific barriers to SME growth. Therefore, it is the aim of this study to address such gap in the literature, as well as to identify strategy that can be used to stimulate the development of female-owned SMEs in urban and rural developing countries, using Indonesia as case study.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 6326/31186
Uncontrolled Keywords: women entrepreneurs, e-commerce
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H61.8 Communication of information
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5717 Business communication
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
Depositing User: Dr. Mira Kartiwi
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 01:57
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 01:57
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/31186

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