Small firms are not adopting the Internet with the same speed their larger brothers do. This despite the fact that Internet can offer a great deal of advantages to small firms. This study aims to explore several factors that influence small businesses in their choice of Internet use (e.g. benefits and barriers). The main barriers to Internet adoption and to developing a Web presences are simply the concern that the Internet or the Website would not lead to more efficiency or lower costs. However, the results show that a number of the benefits that Dutch small firms are deriving from their Websites can be described as “border-crossing”. These results seem to confirm the “international" image of Dutch businesses, well aware of the small size of the local market and always searching for potential business opportunities abroad.
Walczuch, Rita, "Internet Adoption Barriers for Small Firms in the Netherlands" (2000). AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. 243.