Small Islands, New Technologies and Globalization: A Case of ICT adoption by SMEs in Mauritius

Lal, Kaushalesh and Peedoly, Aveeraj Sharma (2006). Small Islands, New Technologies and Globalization: A Case of ICT adoption by SMEs in Mauritius. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Lal, Kaushalesh
    Peedoly, Aveeraj Sharma
    Title Small Islands, New Technologies and Globalization: A Case of ICT adoption by SMEs in Mauritius
    Publication Date 2006
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract This paper sets out to locate Mauritian SMEs in the present context of global competition and more particularly to identify the extent to which they have adopted ICTs as a tool to meet the challenges which they now face. The essence of the argument that comes to the fore is that despite having an impressive number of SMEs which contribute enormously to employment creation in the country, the latter are in many ways ill-equipped to confront the challenges of global competition. The findings clearly show that the adoption of ICTs in SMEs is far from being an integral feature of Mauritian SMEs despite recent claims to be a cyber-island. Cost of communication and the lack of learning opportunities have been found as the major impediments in the adoption of ICTs. In turn this raises serious implications and challenges for the SMEs themselves and the Government in order to adapt to the requirements of globalisation.
    Keyword Small island economies
    ICTs
    SMEs
    Probit analysis
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2006
    ISSN 1871-9872
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