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A Study of Challenges of ICT Adoption by Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) In Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria

Adeyemo, Taiwo Abdulgaphar (2021) A Study of Challenges of ICT Adoption by Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) In Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Numerous studies have been carried out on issues of ICT adoption by Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries of the world. These studies are carried out in recognition of the significant impacts of enterprises of this scale on the social and economic growth of nations. Furthermore, the studies have discovered that in those countries, the level of ICT adoption by SMEs is still very low, thereby negatively impacting their capacity to compete effectively. Consequently, it became necessary to compare the findings of such studies, especially on the challenges affecting the adoption of ICT by SMEs in a city like Ibadan.

From a sample size of 92, 53 SMEs from across different sectors of the economy participated in the survey. The data collection was done online, with a questionnaire developed to align with existing literature on the research focus. The survey findings were analysed and presented using descriptive statistics.

The findings revealed that the SMEs in Ibadan have adopted ICT, with the majority at the advanced stage of adoption. In addition, it was discovered that the perceived benefits of ICT form the major drivers of ICT adoption amongst the SMEs, while inadequate government support and issues of poor infrastructure were found to inhibit the adoption of ICT by SME owners in the area. Also, a Chi-Square test revealed that the level of ICT adoption in the area is influenced by the size of the business (p = .002), thereby confirming some earlier findings in that regard.

The study has succeeded in adding to the existing body of knowledge in the topic area, while also providing insight into ICT adoption issues in another Nigerian city, in order to help policymakers develop a long-lasting and effective strategy to assist small businesses in the country be more competitive.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMEs; ICT; ICT adoption; Challenges of ICT adoption
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Multimedia Communications
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Small Business Sector
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in International Business
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 17:21
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 17:21

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