Diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies to Businesses

HANDBOOK OF ECONOMICS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Terry Hendershott, ed., Elsevier, 2006

69 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2006

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Chris Forman

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

Avi Goldfarb

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Abstract

We survey the literature on the adoption and diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) in businesses. We identify two key dimensions that have been the focus of most of the literature. First, research can be categorized as focusing on ICT adoption costs or ICT adoption benefits. Second, research can be categorized as focusing on how adoption is influenced by either the internal organization of the firm or by the external environment. Major themes are highlighted as are opportunities for future research.

Keywords: Business adoption of ICTs, diffusion, Internet

JEL Classification: L86, M0, O33

Suggested Citation

Forman, Chris and Goldfarb, Avi, Diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies to Businesses. HANDBOOK OF ECONOMICS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Terry Hendershott, ed., Elsevier, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=896750

Chris Forman (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )

800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

Avi Goldfarb

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S1S4
Canada
416-946-8604 (Phone)
416-978-5433 (Fax)

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