Presentation Title

The Role of Human Capital in Information and Communication Technology Adoption for Development: Evidence from China

Advisor Information

Sajda Qureshi

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-3-2014 11:15 AM

End Date

7-3-2014 11:30 AM

Abstract

Emerging economies, in particular China, are powering growth in Asia. While China is seen to lead growth in the emerging markets of Asia, 98% of its manufacturing and production base is powered by small businesses. These businesses represent the majority of all businesses in emerging countries and the growth of these businesses increases with their successful adoption of Information Technology. This paper uses a well-known model in Information Systems Adoption to analyze ICT usage, the effect ICT usage and human capital in the development of the small businesses in China. The reason this model is used is to find out which variables, if any, hold in the case of small businesses in China. As very little research has been done in the IS literature of ICT adoption in small businesses in China, this paper adds to what is known about the role of human capital in ICT adoption for development in China. This paper makes a contribution to the IS acceptance and global development literature by providing concepts that enable IS researchers to study ICT adoption in China. Based on the UTAUT model, a survey was designed and data was collected from 118 small business in China. In this paper a set of variables from the IS literature have been identified that would enable this research question to be answered: What factors affect the adoption of ICT by small businesses in China? This paper makes a contribution to the IS adoption literature by investigating ICT adoption in a unique context: that of small businesses in China. The analysis shows that the higher the investment in ICT, the greater the usage of ICT will lead to greater profit, hence development of small businesses in China. This addresses the gap in the literature requiring research between the relationship between ICT and the development of small businesses and adds to the literature on IT adoption.

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The Role of Human Capital in Information and Communication Technology Adoption for Development: Evidence from China

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

Emerging economies, in particular China, are powering growth in Asia. While China is seen to lead growth in the emerging markets of Asia, 98% of its manufacturing and production base is powered by small businesses. These businesses represent the majority of all businesses in emerging countries and the growth of these businesses increases with their successful adoption of Information Technology. This paper uses a well-known model in Information Systems Adoption to analyze ICT usage, the effect ICT usage and human capital in the development of the small businesses in China. The reason this model is used is to find out which variables, if any, hold in the case of small businesses in China. As very little research has been done in the IS literature of ICT adoption in small businesses in China, this paper adds to what is known about the role of human capital in ICT adoption for development in China. This paper makes a contribution to the IS acceptance and global development literature by providing concepts that enable IS researchers to study ICT adoption in China. Based on the UTAUT model, a survey was designed and data was collected from 118 small business in China. In this paper a set of variables from the IS literature have been identified that would enable this research question to be answered: What factors affect the adoption of ICT by small businesses in China? This paper makes a contribution to the IS adoption literature by investigating ICT adoption in a unique context: that of small businesses in China. The analysis shows that the higher the investment in ICT, the greater the usage of ICT will lead to greater profit, hence development of small businesses in China. This addresses the gap in the literature requiring research between the relationship between ICT and the development of small businesses and adds to the literature on IT adoption.