Relationship between Organisational E-readiness and E-Commerce Implementation in Developing Countries: Perspectives from Tanzania

Ulingeta O.L. Mbamba


This paper aimed to establish the role of e-readiness in implementing e-commerce in organisations in developing countries using Tanzania as an example.  Using Molla and Licker’s (2005a) model, the study evaluated the organisational e-readiness to implement e-commerce.  Data collected via email came from 165 purposively selected managers from Dar es Salaam.  The resultant data were subjected to confirmatory factor analysis to reduce the number of variables to a manageable level. Then the e-readiness factors were regressed to the level of e-commerce.  The results show that organisational commitment, technological resources, and awareness level, as well as the government’s commitment to e-readiness emerged to be important factors in determining the level of e-commerce of an organisation.  Empirically, the study shows that these four factors are reliable predictors of the e-commerce level from the developing countries’ perspectives.  All the variables identified were significantly related to the level of e-commerce an organisation has attains. Thus, the paper argues that an organisation’s commitment, technological resources and awareness level, as well as the government’s commitment to e-Readiness are salient factors in determining the e-commerce level of implementation of an organisation.  Implicitly, the factors the paper has identified are important in the execution of e-commerce.  As such, these factors need consideration in an organisation seeking to benefit from e-commerce implementation.  In other words, countries can ignore e-readiness and e-commerce implementation at their own peril.


e-readiness, e-business, developing countries, Tanzania

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