Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Effects of business to business e-commerce adoption on competitive advantage of small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises
Issue: Vol. 12, No 1, 2019
Published date: 03-2019 (print) / 03-2019 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Hu Xuhua
School of Finance and Economics, Jiangsu University

Ocloo Chosniel Elikem
School of Finance and Economics, Jiangsu University

Selorm Akaba
College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, University of Cape Coast
Keywords: B2B e-commerce adoption, competitive advantage, SMEs, Ghana
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2019/12-1/4
Index PUBMS: 622b1a53-5d46-11e9-8b68-fa163e6feac6
Language: English
Pages: 80-99 (20)
JEL classification: L21, M15
This research supported by the Humanities, Social Science Foundation of the Ministry of Education, China, under Grant [number 16YJC790031]; and National Social Science Foundation of China, under Grant [number 18BJY105].

Business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce adoption has experienced rapid growth in recent times and has become one of the fastest technology adoptions among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in gaining and sustaining competitive advantage. A firm’s resource endowments influence its B2B e-commerce adoption levels that lead to competitive advantage being gained in proportion to that level of adoption. A questionnaire survey was used to collect data for this research, 315 usable responses were obtained from owners and managers of small and medium-sized manufacturing firms in Ghana. This research uses structural equation modelling to examine how different levels of B2B e-commerce adoption affects different types of competitive advantage. The main finding is that SMEs can achieve cost reduction that helps them save on costs in their operational activities through higher levels of B2B e-commerce adoption. Implications of the research, its limitations and directions for future research are also discussed.


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