ICT adoption in the small and medium-size social enterprises in spain: Opportunity or priority?

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Abstract

The chapter analyzes the actual use of Information and Communication Technologies in the social economy in Spain, focusing on the ICT-related management of its organizations. Although ICT adoption is increasingly present in all areas of the so called Information Society, the perception of how and why the effective adoption of ICT takes place is relevant to the performance both of the social economy as whole and to their organizations. This study shows that the analyzed sample of social economFy enterprises has, on the overall, a good ICT positioning in the Spanish business framework. ICT adoption has been a priority of many social economy enterprises, allowing them to reach a fair level of ICT infrastructures and Internet presence. Furthermore, ICT adoption is seen as an opportunity to enhance their competitive advantage in the markets, mainly through electronic commerce. For a sector, it is also an opportunity to improve internal management, taking advantage of the integration of electronic procedures. © 2013, IGI Global.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial E-Enterprise: Value Creation through ICT
Pages200-220
Number of pages20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

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