Inter- and Intra-Firm Diffusion of Technology: The Example of E-Commerce: An Analysis Based on Swiss Firm-Level Data
Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) - Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research (KOF)
KOF Working Papers/KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich No. 157
The paper aims at a joint analysis of inter-firm and intra-firm diffusion of technology, taking as an example E-selling and E-purchasing. The analysis is based on an encompassing model of diffusion, drawn from the literature, which is extended by considering technology-specific obstacles and benefits of adoption. As hypothesised, we find, firstly, that the determinants of inter-firm and intrafirm diffusion differ in case of both types of E-commerce; secondly, that the drivers of the diffusion of E-selling and E-purchasing are not the same, and, finally, that uncertainties and adjustment costs, mostly neglected in previous work, are important factors in explaining technology diffusion.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Technology diffusion, Inter-firm and Intra-firm diffusion, E-commerce, E-selling, E-purchasing
JEL Classification: O3working papers series
Date posted: April 3, 2007
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