Drawbacks in SMEs‟ EIS Applications: Framework for Development of EIS for SMEs in Sri Lanka

I.R. Malawige, L.D.J.F. Nanayakkara


The Small and Medium Scale Enterprises/Industries (SMEs) function as a lifeline in the informal sector in SriLanka due to their significant contribution to the overall economy in terms of employment, exports,innovation, tax income, equitable income distribution, social stability, domestic resources usage, andregional development. However, in Sri Lanka, a majority of Enterprise Information System (EIS)applications have not been focused by those ‘small players’ in the economy. The paper first identifies factorsthat contribute to SMEs relatively lower level of attraction towards EISs, using TOE Framework, which wastested mainly to assess the organization willingness on ICT in developing countries. Finally, the paperexplains the ways and means by which the EIS vendors, SME and IT policy makers can address the gapbetween the current level and the potential for SME EIS adoption. Therefore the research findings helpSMEs to create business opportunities with EIS applications and combat pressures from competition.Further specific SME ICT needs to be addressed strategically, in order to ensure their competitive position inthe economy, will be discussed

KEYWORDS: SME, Enterprise Information Systems/EIS, Enterprise Resource Planning/ERP, TOEFramework, ICT Adoption.

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