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ICT Usage and Its Impact on Profitability of SMEs in 13 African Countries
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
2007 (English)In: Information Technologies and International Development, ISSN 1544-7529, E-ISSN 1544-7537, Vol. 4, no 1, 87-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports on a small and medium enterprise (SME) survey carried out by the ResearchICTAfrica (RIA) in 14 African countries. It argues that the nega- tive return on investment reported in the literature can be attributed to the failure to distinguish between the formal and informal sectors. This article demonstrates that informal SMEs have a higher proatability than formal ones. It further shows that ICTs are productive input factors and that their use in- creases labor productivity for informal as well as formal SMEs. The article fur- ther argues that there is still demand for axed-line phones among SMEs but that mobile phones have become the default communications tool because axed lines are either too expensive or not available. The primary policy recom- mendation arising out of this is that applications for SMEs need to be devel- oped using mobile phones.

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USA: MIT Press , 2007. Vol. 4, no 1, 87-100 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-12157DiVA: diva2:358914
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