Measuring the e-business activities of SME's in Yemen

Ahmed Abdullah, Brychan Thomas, Stuart Metcalfe

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    This paper aims to measure the e-business adoption activities in Yemeni SMEs as well as investigate the benefit and barriers of using e-business in SMEs in developing countries such as Yemen.

    The paper employed a mixed method (quantitative and qualitative) case approach. The paper integrated different methods in order to facilitate a deep understanding of the adoption level of e-business in SMEsin. Firstly, semi-structured interviews conducted with SMEs’ managers. Secondly, a survey questionnaire used to generalise and verify the findings from stage 1 to the SEMs population.

    About (23.5%) of SMEs have employees between 1-9 and (76.5%) of SMEs have employees between 10 and 49, therefore the majority of them were medium firms. In addition, about 51% of the SMEs have been established for 10 years and below, and 49% were above10 years.

    The results indicate that the Yemeni SMEs are at the early stages of e-business adoption. It also indicates factors that deter Yemeni SMEs from the adoption of E-business.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Journal Asia Pacific Journal of Advanced Business and Social Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2016


    • e-Business
    • e-commerce
    • Measurement Evolution Model
    • SMEs
    • small and medium sized enterprises
    • Yemen


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