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Title: Understanding the gendered nature of developing country MSMEs’ access, adoption and use of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D)
Authors: Mohanty E.
Mishra A.J.
Published in: International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship
Abstract: Purpose: The widespread use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has had a significant effect on various groups and communities of people including micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and their owners/managers. The current study aims to analyze recent literature regarding adoption of ICTs by MSMEs. Further, it tries to locate gender within this broader context of diffusion of ICTs among MSMEs. Design/methodology/approach: Using the thematic analysis approach, the research articles pertaining to six leading journals on ICTs, gender and entrepreneurship published during the time period from 2011 to 2019 are reviewed. Findings: The literature selected for the study has been discussed under two primary categories, viz. “adoption of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) for business purposes” and “insights on gender in ICT4D use by MSMEs.” Research limitations/implications: The context-dependent nature of ICT use can enable future entrepreneurs to assess the scope of specific ICTs in given areas of operation. The gendered nature of ICTs helps to evaluate as well as question the empowerment potential of ICTs. The study emphasizes the need to account for historical specificities and transnational linkages in understanding access, adoption and use of ICT4D by women MSME entrepreneurs. Originality/value: The study bridges together literature on ICT4D use by MSMEs and the role of gender in ICT-mediated entrepreneurial environments. While unraveling the interplay of power dynamics in such environments, the scope for future research in terms of tapping into the content of information exchanges and exploring the implications of “dark side of internet” for women MSME entrepreneurs is also indicated. © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited.
Citation: International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship (2020), 12(3): 273-295
URI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJGE-07-2019-0117
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/8859
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Keywords: Agency
Gender
ICT use
ICT4D
MSMEs
Women MSME entrepreneurs
ISSN: 17566266
Author Scopus IDs: 57215966332
57158321500
Author Affiliations: Mohanty, E., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Mishra, A.J., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Corresponding Author: Mohanty, E.; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeIndia; email: elisamohanty@gmail.com
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