An investigation of e-business risks in UK SMEs

Arun Sukumar, David Edgar, Kevin Grant

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Electronic business is a phenomenon that is now well defined and has emerged as a field of study. In parallel, businesses are increasingly embedding technology into their business processes and seeking to exploit the potential efficiency and effectiveness gains that can occur. As such, industry and academic attention has spawned a range of research interests and resulted in proposals of how e-business can be used and exploited. In reviewing a range of academic literature papers, it is interesting to identify a lack of robust, rigours and dependable research into the risks associated with e-business particularly in small to medium size enterprises (SMEs). As such, this paper provides a bridge for the perceived gap in the literature on e-risks, by exploring the perceptions of SMEs towards e-business risk, and seeking to posit a research agenda that will make a meaningful contribution to both academia and industry

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-401
Number of pages22
JournalWorld Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • E-business
  • Enterprise
  • Management
  • Risk management
  • Small business
  • UK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Economics and Econometrics


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