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The adoption on ICTs in women-owned SMEs in Mauritius

Gungaphul, Mridula and Kassean, Hemant (2010) The adoption on ICTs in women-owned SMEs in Mauritius. In: Third International Conference on International Studies (ICIS 2010), 1-2 December 2010, Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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The role of women entrepreneurs in the economic development of any nation is widely acknowledged and information communication technologies (ICTs) are seen as providing many potential benefits to women-owned SMEs so as to help them survive, grow and become more competitive. As no research has been carried out on the use of ICTs by women entrepreneurs in Mauritius, this paper investigates the adoption of ICTs in women owned SMEs in the local context. The study uses a qualitative approach with a sample of twelve women-owned SMEs operating in various sector of activities and on-site semi-structured interviews were carried out. The study found that most women entrepreneurs in the SME sector have adopted some form of ICT, mainly computer-based technology for various reasons. However, women are not taking full advantage of the potential offered by ICTs and are mainly using basic features. Reasons preventing the women from adopting or making more use of ICTs in their businesses are also highlighted.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Jointly organised by Ministry of Higher Education, UUM College of Law, Government & International Studies (UUM COLGIS) and Association of International Studies Malaysia (AIS)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women entrepreneurs, ICT, SMEs, Mauritius
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 08:13
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2012 09:08

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