Enhancing value-chain linkages through internet technologies


The proposed project aims to overcome the gaps identified in VUT5A through holding the hands of five fSMEs through the ICIT ladderingup process. The proposed project will facilitate the identification, adoption and use of an appropriate suite of ICIT by five fSMES and use the findings of the proposed study to demonstrate the benefits of ICIT adoption to fSMEs such that it encourages a greater number of fMEs to ladder up the ICIT paradigm. The first phase of the project will entail a diagnostic study at five fSMEs. On completion of the diagnostic study, appropriate ICIT portfolios will be identified, reviewed, selected, adopted, trialled revised and customized to enable the five fSMEs to develop efficient value chain linkages and flowon benefits such as cost savings, access to new productmarkets and better quality relationships with stakeholders. Key individuals in the five fSMEs will be trained and mentored in the adoption and use of an appropriate suite of ICIT portfolios.


National Rural Issues

Research Organisation

Victoria University

Objective Summary

Constructing sampling frame Systematically selecting fSMEs for mailout of letters advicing of project Completing telephone interviews with fSMEs identified for indepth interviews

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Project Start Date

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Project Completion Date

Friday, November 27, 2009

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NRI-National Rural Issues


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