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Intra-Firm Diffusion Of Innovation: Evidence From Tunisian SME's In Matters Of Information and Communication Technologies

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The aim of this paper is twofold: first, the authors want to explore the intra-firm diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within the Tunisian firms and to characterize its general trends of adoption and usage. Second, they want to emphasize the rank and epidemic effects stressed by the disequilibrium models of intra-firm diffusion of innovation following the traditional view of (Mansfield, 1963, Antonelli 1985). Based on face-to-face questionnaires of a random sample of 175 firms this paper shows that: three technological waves of ICT adoption are well characterized in the Tunisian manufacturing sector. This dynamic of adoption is linked to the age of the technologies.

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