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Factors Affecting Regional SMEs Progression to Digital Business Ecosystems

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Executive Summary

SMEs are widely recognized as an important driving force of economic growth; yet, their uptake of ICT is still very low. To support SMEs ICT adoption and to foster regional development, in 2000, the Lisbon Strategy on the Information Society and Knowledge-based economy created a vision for 2010 towards the creation of the European Digital Business Ecosystems (DBE). This paper is positioned within that context and reports upon a project involving 6000 SMEs whose aim was to support ICT adoption and to encourage SME networks through the creation of a Regional Business Portal.

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