Social media adoption among small and medium enterprises: affordance perspective

Dahnil Sikumbang, Mohd Irwan bin (2021) Social media adoption among small and medium enterprises: affordance perspective. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Current study advances the understanding of adoption of social media technology in small and medium sized enterprises. Widely regarded as essential in contemporary business environments, social media have substantial effects on productivity and competitiveness. However, this research questioned the technology and did not take the technology features and functionalities for granted that predictable or has a universal properties to measure any adoption decision. In this study, in line with technology-in-practice perspective, social media is performed as a general function and no specific or has some predictable outcomes. This thesis focuses primarily on Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in a developing country context, with reference to Malaysia. The thesis uses technology affordance perspective and modified Technology-Organization-Environment (TOE) model to determine antecedents and outcomes of the adoption of social media. This study employed a sequential mixed-methods research approach to meet the research objectives. The data was first collected through 17 semi-structured interviews to study the situatedness of social media in business setting, followed by a survey of 337 SMEs in Malaysia to examine the hypotheses of the extended model. The survey data were analysed using structural equation modelling (SEM). Connectivity, interaction, intimacy, flexibility, collaboration, top management support, investment and customer pressure were found to have a significant influence on SMEs’ decisions to adopt social media, while the adoption itself has a positive influence on technology paradoxes and business performance. This study has important implications and value for the research community, on how the technology has affected the changing nature of work, work practices and business environment. It contributes to enhancing our understanding about the factors influencing the adoption of social media technology in SMEs.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: technology adoption, social media, small medium enterprises, affordance.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Supervisor's Name: Morgan-Thomas, Professor Anna and Yee Tang, Dr. Kwan
Date of Award: 2021
Depositing User: Irwan Dahnil
Unique ID: glathesis:2021-81956
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 14:36
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 09:17
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.81956

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