Information Technology Capabilities: Suggestions for SME Growth

Provided by: Middle Tennessee State University
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The manner in which Small-to-Medium-sized (SMEs) organizations grow and develop has been a focused interest of management researchers for decades. Categorizing this development into a life cycle of organizations has been a goal of researchers for understanding the problems and opportunities associated with growth. Using Kazanjian's four-stage organizational life cycle model (1988) to represent the crises or critical problems faced in each stage, this paper explores how Information Technology (IT) capabilities can address the critical problems of each life cycle stage (i.e., conception and development, commercialization, growth, and stability) to facilitate continued growth and development.

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