Cloud computing adoption determinants: An analysis of Australian SMEs

Salim Al-Isma'Ili, Mengxiang Li, Jun Shen, Qiang He

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In Australia, there is an emerging tendency among SMEs towards the adoption of cloud computing. However, there are limited studies investigating the factors that influence cloud computing adoption within Australian SMEs. To fill the research vacuum, we developed a research model based on the diffusion of innovation theory (DOI), the technology-organisation-environment (TOE) framework, and our prior exploratory study to investigate the determinants that influence the adoption of cloud computing. An organizational-level survey was conducted across Australia to collect data from technology decision makers in SMEs. Data collected from 203 firms are used to test the related hypotheses. This study contributes a statistically validated model of the influential determinants of cloud computing adoption. Data analysis indicates that Technological Factors (cost savings, relative advantages, compatibility, and trialability), Organizational Factors (firm size, top management support, innovativeness of the firm, and IS knowledge), and Environmental Factors (market scope and external computing support) were found to be determinants of the adoption of cloud computing services. Benefits of the findings are twofold. First, they provide knowledge about cloud computing determinants in the Australian marketplace. Second, they provide policy planners and SMEs' decision makers with insights and directions for successful adoption of cloud computing technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2016 Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789860491029
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2016
Event20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2016 - National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

Publication series

NamePacific Asia Conference on Information Systems


Conference20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2016
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
Internet address

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Information Systems

User-Defined Keywords

  • loud Computing
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Adoption
  • Australia


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