Determinants of ICT Adoption for Improved SME's Performance in Anambra State, Nigeria
Moses C. Olise, Theresa U. Anigbogu, Tonna D. Edoko, Moses I. Okoli

Abstract
Transaction over the internet has helped in linking-up SMEs to global competitiveness. In the literature of ICT, its adoption as proxied by transaction over the internet has significantly improved the performance and productivity of SMEs. However, ICT adoption by SMEs in Nigeria has been reported to be comparatively low. This study therefore examines the Determinants of ICT Adoption for Improved SME's Performance in Anambra State, Nigeria. The study provides empirical evidence on levels of awareness and adoption patterns of ICT facilities among SMEs; it evaluates factors influencing ICT adoption in the SME sector; and also assesses the impact of ICT adoption on SMEs performance. The simple percentage, mean, standard deviation, t-test statistics, and regression analysis were used to conduct the various analysis of this study. Findings reveled that there is significant difference in the levels of awareness and adoption patterns of ICT facilities among SMEs. Capital Base, Turn over, and asset value of the businesses investigated have significant influence on ICT adoption. With respect to SMEs output performance, SMEs owners capital input, Marital status and business experience of the owners of the SMEs have a positive and significant relationship with their output performance. The study recommends that agencies that regulate SMEs should formulate policies that will facilitate the adoption of ICT facilities by SMEs because of its potential in improving firms growth performance; SMEs owners should endeavour to gain registration status as that will facilitate their adoption of ICT as proxied by transaction over the internet. Thus improving their productivity and competitiveness; to raise productivity and global competiveness, SMEs owners should invest in ICT and its components because they have been proven to significantly influence organizational performance.

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