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Journal Article

Management Research on Social Networking Sites: State of the Art and Further Avenues of Research  pp128-141

Marwa Mallouli, Zouhour Smaoui Hachicha, Jamil Chaabouni

© Nov 2017 Volume 20 Issue 2, Editor: Shaun Pather, pp59 - 147

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This study presents an analysis of the body of research on Social Networking Sites (SNS), in the context of management sciences from 2009 to 2014. This review identifies and analyzes 100 papers related to SNS. The purpose of this study is to clarify, in a first step, the term Social Networking Sites, and to present, in a second step, the main categories of current research themes in management sciences. To highlight topics on SNS, a content analysis was made using "NVivo 10" software. The unit of analysis was the paper summary. The 100 articles found are classified according to nine thematic categories: "SNS itself", "motivations of use", "human resources management", "knowledge management", "operational marketing", "consumer behavior", "performance", "leadership", and "innovation". The extensive review of the published SNS studies identifies 45 papers that used quantitative method. The survey was the most frequently used data‑collection technique. The researchers examine SNS by referring to theories such as social networks theory, planned behavior theory, use and gratification theory, and adoption of innovation theory. Concerning geographic distribution, the majority of work focuses on the United States. The main contribution of this paper is to build a mapping of the SNS research, to offer a reliable, constructed, practical, and useful resource. This study summarizes the methodological preferences and thematic patterns of recent SNS research in management sciences, and concludes that the SNS domain is structured according to several coherent thematic areas, and has rich potential for future research. This review proposes to provide a source for anyone interested in discovering research trends in SNS literature.

 

Keywords: Social Networking Sites, Online Social Networking, Facebook, MySpace, Firm, Organization

 

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Journal Article

Understanding IT Management in SMEs  pp27-34

Paul Cragg, Annette Mills, Theek Suraweera

© Jan 2010 Volume 13 Issue 1, ECIME 2009, Editor: Elizabeth Frisk and Kerstin Grunden, pp1 - 96

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There is evidence in the IT literature indicating that IT management is one factor that influences IT success. In addition, there is much literature indicating that IT management is important in the SME context. However, much of this literature has focused on the important role of the owner and/or other senior managers. For example, Thong et al (1996) focused on top management support and its influence on IT success. This paper argues that top management support is only one aspect of IT management and other aspects of IT management have received little attention in studies of SMEs. The study commenced with a review of the literature which identified many different definitions of IT management. However, the broader management literature indicated that the classical functions of planning, organising, controlling and leading provide an excellent way of conceptualising the many activities involved in managing (Carroll and Gillen, 1987). The management literature also provided working definitions for the four management functions. A multiple‑case study approach was then used to collect evidence from four SMEs (with between four and 50 employees). The data identified IT management practices associated with each of the four IT functions, ie, IT planning, IT organising, IT controlling and IT leading. For example, one firm had an IT committee made up of staff from different levels of the firm. Some on the committee would be assigned specific IT responsibilities, eg, training of other staff. This practice provided an example of IT organising, ie, of defining tasks and assigning personnel. Similarly, many other IT management practices were both identified and classified. The results provide a significant foundation for researchers of IT management in SMEs. For example, the conceptualisation indicates four IT management functions. Also, the definitions clarify important aspects of IT management. The study also indicated that some aspects of IT management have received little attention in prior studies. For example, while IT planning has received considerable attention, IT leading in SMEs has only been examined in the narrower context of top management support. Furthermore, few studies have examined the role and importance of IT organising and IT controlling in the SME context. Thus the study also indicates directions for future research, including the identification of IT management best practices.

 

Keywords: small business, IT management, IT management practices, accounting firms

 

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Journal Article

E‑Supply Chain Coordination and SME Performance: An Empirical Investigation  pp76-84

Dr Rui Bi

© Nov 2017 Volume 20 Issue 2, Editor: Shaun Pather, pp59 - 147

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This study investigates the impact of key antecedents from technology‑organization‑environment contexts on developing e‑supply chain coordination capability in the small‑to‑medium enterprise (SME) context. Using data from 271 SMEs in Australia, we find that e‑supply chain coordination is driven by IT infrastructure, business partnerships, and customer power. In addition, SMEs with strong e‑supply chain coordination capability can achieve outstanding business performance. This study provides an empirical evidence to understand the relationships between these antecedents, e‑supply chain coordination capability, and SME performance. These findings suggest that e‑business practice is one of key factors that contribute to SME success. SME managers should understand how to utilize internal and external resources to develop e‑business competences in order to achieve business goals.

 

Keywords: E-Supply Chain Coordination, SME Performance, Technology-Organization-Environment Framework, Resource-based View of the Firms

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 20 Issue 2 / Nov 2017  pp59‑147

Editor: Shaun Pather

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Editorial

 

Keywords: information quality, system quality, service quality, satisfaction, high information intensity, banking sector, E-Supply Chain Coordination, SME Performance, Technology-Organization-Environment Framework, Resource-based View of the Firms, health information systems, information systems integration, interoperability, E-commerce, Jordan, Awareness, Payment, Partial Awareness, Full Awareness, Awareness of Products, Services, Awareness of Brand, Awareness of Delivery, E-commerce processes, Awareness evaluation, attitude certainty, processing fluency, web evaluation, online data collection, tool design, instrument, Networking Sites, Online Social Networking, Facebook, MySpace, Firm, Organization

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 13 Issue 1, ECIME 2009 / Jan 2010  pp1‑96

Editor: Elizabeth Frisk, Kerstin Grunden

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Editorial

This issue represents papers presented at the 3rd European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation. The conference was held in September 2009 at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

 

Keywords: accounting firms, adoption, adoption barriers, business case, case study, cluster analysis (CA), collaborative technology (CT) business education, competitive advantage, complexity, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), developing countries, developing countries, diffusion of innovation, e-Business adoption, e-government, e-Government portal, enterprise, ERP, European Union (EU) members, EUS, evaluation, executive information system, health informatics, HealthCare information systems, ICT, information and communication technology (ICT), information technology, integration, IT management practices, Jordan., mixed research, performance strategic value, post-implementation evaluation, RFID, satisfaction, small business, supply chain management, sustainability, TAM, technology-organizational-environment (TOE) framework, video conferencing, video-ethnography

 

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