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The impact of e-commerce on small-size companies in Sweden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Business Administration.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the influence of e-commerce on the small-size companies in Sweden. This thesis describes the drivers for e-commerce adoption and investigates the barriers and benefits faced from the companies when starting the process of implementation. A qualitative research was performed and an abductive approach was used, where the research findings and the theoretical background were connected by going back and forward in the process of analysis. Interviews with small companies in Värmland Country, Sweden were conducted in order to answer the research questions. This study shows that Swedish companies have relatively well-developed e-commerce strategies comparing to other counties, but the gap between small and large companies is still visible. The decisions for e-commerce adoption are dependent on the knowledge of the owner /manager and e-commerce is extensively used as a marketing tool. Main benefits of e-commerce adoption are improved internal efficiency and increased information exchange. The results suggest that companies value less than before the cost factor and consider the lack of knowledge as a main barrier. At the same time many companies are not motivated enough to make improvements, because of lack of customer demand.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
e-commerce, impact, barriers, benefits, small-size, companies, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-14043Local ID: FEK D-98OAI: diva2:538119
Subject / course
Business Administration
2012-05-30, 03A524, Karlstad, 12:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-07-06 Created: 2012-06-28 Last updated: 2012-07-06Bibliographically approved

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