Saudi Arabian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will face fierce competition from new entrants to local markets as a result of their accession to the Word Trade Organisation (WTO), and electronic commerce (e-commerce) technologies can reinforce SME’s competitive edge. This study investigates the state of e-commerce adoption and analyses the factors that determine the extent to which SMEs in Saudi Arabia are inclined towards deploying e-commerce technologies. This could assist future firms in designing effective implementation projects. Seven SMEs’ e-commerce adoption levels are studied as a case. The Technology-Organization-Environment (TOE) framework was used as the major source of inspiration in our analysis of e-commerce adoption amongst Saudi SMEs. In addition to advancing research on e-commerce in Saudi Arabia, this chapter also highlights several directions for future inquiry and implications for managers and policymakers.
|Title of host publication||E-strategies for resource management systems|
|Subtitle of host publication||planning and implementation|
|Place of Publication||Hershey, PA (US)|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jul 2010|
Al-Somali, S. A., Clegg, B., & Gholami, R. (2010). An investigation into the adoption and implementation of electronic commerce in Saudi Arabian small and medium enterprises. In E. Alkhalifa (Ed.), E-strategies for resource management systems: planning and implementation (pp. 326-350). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-61692-016-6.ch019