Barriers to internet adoption in omani private sector organizations

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Abstract

Companies in general and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in particular in Oman have been slow in adopting Internet technologies in their daily business affairs. The study explores the reasons for the slow adoption of Internet technologies. A survey questionnaire was used to collect data from 60 private Omani organizations. One of the main reason for not adopting internet technologies was that internet is not relevant to their business. An insufficient level of demand for purchasing through Internet, lack of availability of skilled employees and security concerns were cited as the main barriers for adopting Internet in Omani organizations. It also appears that negative attitudes of business decision makers about the use and benefits of internet maybe a major obstacle in adopting Internet in their businesses. In addition to that, Omani businesses prefer face to face interaction with their customers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Transformation through Innovation and Knowledge Management
Subtitle of host publicationAn Academic Perspective - Proceedings of the 14th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2010
PublisherInternational Business Information Management Association, IBIMA
Pages1159-1173
Number of pages15
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780982148938
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event14th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Jun 23 2010Jun 24 2010

Other

Other14th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2010
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period6/23/106/24/10

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Gulf cooperation countries (GCC)
  • Internet
  • Oman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Information Systems and Management

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    Al-Gharbi, K., & Ashrafi, R. (2010). Barriers to internet adoption in omani private sector organizations. In Business Transformation through Innovation and Knowledge Management: An Academic Perspective - Proceedings of the 14th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2010 (Vol. 2, pp. 1159-1173). International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA.