Academia de Studii Economice Bucuresti

Amfiteatru Economic
Facultatea de Business si Turism

Determinants of technology adoption in the retail trade industry – the case of SMEs in Spain

Author:Isidoro Romero and Juan A. Martínez-Román

JEL:L81, O32


Keywords:retail trade, technology adoption, SME, business owner

This paper analyzes the determinants of small and medium-sized enterprises’ technology adoption in the retail trade industry. From the theoretical perspective, two types of influential factors are differentiated in this respect: the personal characteristics of the manager/business owner and the business’s organizational characteristics. The empirical analysis is based on a survey of 268 small and medium-sized enterprises in the Spanish retail trade sector. A logistic regression specification is used as an econometric method. The results indicate that both the acquisition of new technical and electronic equipment and the obtaining of new software are affected by the two types of determinants previously pointed out. The manager/business owner’s entrepreneurial motivation and educational background have significant influences on technology adoption in this type of companies. Furthermore, being part of a business group, carrying out training activities for the employees and inter-firm cooperation also positively influence technology adoption in the retail trade industry.
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