Information Technology in Small Medium Enterprise: Logistic and Production Processes

Maurizio Pighin

Abstract


This paper presents and discuss a survey which describes how small-medium
enterprises (SMEs) implement and use their information system with respect to their
logistic and production processes.
The study first describes the rationale of the research, then it identifies the
characteristics of the companies and detects their general attitude towards information
technology (IT). In the following section the paper presents a set of detailed processes
to verify the structure and workflow of companies and how IT supports their
processes. In the last part we study the influence of some company characteristics to
effective use of processes and to different technological approaches, to support
defined logistic and production processes.
The novelty of the study and its interest, both in academic and institutional context as
in the real world, resides in the opportunity to verify and understand the different
attitudes of SMEs towards information technology in defining, organizing, planning
and control their processes.


Keywords


small-medium enterprises; business information systems; production systems; logistic systems

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Journal of Information and Organizational Sciences (Online)
ISSN 1846-9418 (online)
ISSN 1846-3312 (print)