Presentation Title

Cross Country and State Level Analysis of e-Commerce Adoption Between Small Businesses in China and the United States

Advisor Information

Sajda Qureshi

Location

Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

8-3-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

8-3-2013 2:15 PM

Abstract

Small businesses represent the majority of all firms in developed countries and emerging countries. As the driving force and the central ingredient behind the economic growth and development of the world including the United States and China, Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) used for e-commerce have fundamentally shaped a dramatic transformation in both countries. However, the usage of ICT is still a challenge for both developing and developed countries. California and Nebraska, in the USA and two provinces, Zhejiang and Sichuan in China are selected. California and Zhejiang are famous for their information technology industries, and Nebraska and Sichuan are known for their agriculture-based businesses. The research seeks to study the relationships between e-commerce adoption and contextual factors, and examine how these relationships vary across different economic environments. The research questions being investigated are: What are the factors that affect ecommerce adoption in China and the USA? How do these vary between the two countries? What are the differences between the development of ICT in Nebraska and California? How can emerging area learn from the more developed area in the ICT area? Drawing upon a comparative case study, conducted to further understand the phenomena, a model is developed using constructs developed from the literature. Data from more than 200 small businesses in both countries are collected by phone, Internet, and face to face interview. Preliminary results suggest that there are key differences in the adoption of ICT for e-commerce in China and the USA and lead to further advances in how small business adoption of ICT’s for e-commerce can enable sustainable development to take place in their respective regions.

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Cross Country and State Level Analysis of e-Commerce Adoption Between Small Businesses in China and the United States

Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room

Small businesses represent the majority of all firms in developed countries and emerging countries. As the driving force and the central ingredient behind the economic growth and development of the world including the United States and China, Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) used for e-commerce have fundamentally shaped a dramatic transformation in both countries. However, the usage of ICT is still a challenge for both developing and developed countries. California and Nebraska, in the USA and two provinces, Zhejiang and Sichuan in China are selected. California and Zhejiang are famous for their information technology industries, and Nebraska and Sichuan are known for their agriculture-based businesses. The research seeks to study the relationships between e-commerce adoption and contextual factors, and examine how these relationships vary across different economic environments. The research questions being investigated are: What are the factors that affect ecommerce adoption in China and the USA? How do these vary between the two countries? What are the differences between the development of ICT in Nebraska and California? How can emerging area learn from the more developed area in the ICT area? Drawing upon a comparative case study, conducted to further understand the phenomena, a model is developed using constructs developed from the literature. Data from more than 200 small businesses in both countries are collected by phone, Internet, and face to face interview. Preliminary results suggest that there are key differences in the adoption of ICT for e-commerce in China and the USA and lead to further advances in how small business adoption of ICT’s for e-commerce can enable sustainable development to take place in their respective regions.