ICT is significant in enhancing small business strategic development and operations, as well as commonly being the focus of government policy through training, support and facilitation. Arguably ICT-related small business research would be assumed to have prominent coverage amongst some, if not all of the leading small business journals. This paper reports research that analysed recent output associated with four leading small business journals so as to document the themes on ICT applicable to the small business environment. Over a five year period 28 articles were noted to have had reported an aspect of ICT use/adoption by small business. A variety of themes were identified that addressed the issue of Internet presence (e-commerce and e-marketing), the management of ICTs (financing IT, risk aversion), strategic applications of ICTs (increasing growth/profits with IT, entrepreneurship) and facilitating firm performance (inter-organisational ICTs). The study not only highlights the leading ICT issues being researched with respect to small business, but inadvertently notes a potential opportunity (gap) for some of the emerging or lower profile small business journals to publish more articles on this important small business theme.
|Keywords:||Small Business Research, Journal, Methodology, Information and Communication Technology|
Senior Lecturer, School of Management and Information Systems, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia