Acceleration of Technology Adoption within Firms -- Emperical Evidence from E-Business

43 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2008

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Philipp Koellinger

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Christian Schade

Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

Date Written: March 2, 2009


This paper studies the diffusion of multiple related technologies among firms. The results suggest an endogenous acceleration mechanism for technology adoption: The more advanced a firm is in using a particular set of technologies, the more likely it is to adopt additional related technologies. We show that such a mechanism can occur under fairly general circumstances. If firms are not ex ante identical, the endogenous acceleration mechanism suggests a growing divergence in the technological endowment of firms in the early phases after the emergence of a new technological paradigm. The theoretical predictions are tested with a dataset that records the adoption times of various e- business technologies in a large sample of firms from 10 different industry sectors and 25 European countries. The results show that the probability of adoption increases with the number of previously adopted e-business technologies. Evidence for a growing digital divide among the companies in the sample is demonstrated for the period from 1994-2002.

Keywords: technology adoption, technological change, complementarity, hazard rate model, IT

JEL Classification: O14, M13, O32, M, O33

Suggested Citation

Koellinger, Philipp and Schade, Christian, Acceleration of Technology Adoption within Firms -- Emperical Evidence from E-Business (March 2, 2009). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2008-013-ORG. Available at SSRN:

Philipp Koellinger (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV


Christian Schade

Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin ( email )

School of Business and Economics
Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, Berlin 10099


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