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What's in an SME? : Considerations for Scoping Research on Small and Medium Enterprises and other Organizations in the IS Discipline

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Drechsler, Andreas ; Hönigsberg, Sarah ; Watkowski, Laura Marie-Luise:
What's in an SME? : Considerations for Scoping Research on Small and Medium Enterprises and other Organizations in the IS Discipline.
In: Proceedings of the 30th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). - Timișoara, Romania , 2022

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We propose an approach to better scope an IS research project for the context of small and medium organisations (SMOs), depending on the project’s topic and goals. SMOs are of a fundamentally different nature compared to large organisations, yet IS research often implicitly assumes the context of large organisations. This may lead to IS research outcomes not being applicable to the SMO context due to incompatible boundary conditions. Simultaneously, common criteria to distinguish SMOs (employee count, turnover) are often not particularly useful to include or exclude distinct classes of SMOs from the scope of a specific research project. Our proposed scoping approach thus considers research topic-dependent criteria to classify SMOs to be included. We illustrate our approach with examples from our own research. Other researchers can draw on our approach to include/exclude suitable SMOs of interest more clearly and thus produce research that is applicable to clearly delineated SMO classes.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: SME; small and medium enterprises; SMO; small and medium organisations; research scope; research configuration; boundary conditions
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII - Information Systems Management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII - Information Systems Management > Chair Business Administration VII - Information Systems Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XVII - Information Systems and Value-Based Business Process Management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XVII - Information Systems and Value-Based Business Process Management > Chair Information Systems and Value-Based Business Process Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Maximilian Röglinger
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 08:32
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 07:11
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69617