This chapter critically analyses and assesses the concept and development of Web 2.0 within small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Web 2.0 is changing the way that business can be conducted, offering SMEs opportunities for developing strategies, business models and supply chains whilst adding value and gaining competitive advantage. There are many advantages for SMEs using Web 2.0 including them being easy to use, limited skills required and relatively low-cost and there are a range of emerging applications in fields such as marketing, collaboration, knowledge transfer, enhancing products and services, and research. Equally, there is an array of operational and managerial challenges that need to be overcome. This chapter suggests a set of questions that SMEs may consider using as a guide if they are considering Web 2.0 as a competitive weapon for the future.
|Title of host publication||Innovations in SMEs and Conducting E-Business: Technologies, Trends and Solutions|
|Editors||Manuela Cruz-Cunhha, Joao Eduardo Varajao|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
- social media
- web 2.0
Barlow, A., McCann, M., & Smith, A. (2011). Web 2.0: an emerging and innovative solution for SMEs. In M. Cruz-Cunhha, & J. E. Varajao (Eds.), Innovations in SMEs and Conducting E-Business: Technologies, Trends and Solutions (pp. 1-18). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60960-765-4.ch001