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Kuusisto, O., Kääriäinen, J., Hänninen, K., & Saarela, M. (2021). Towards a Micro-Enterprise–Focused Digital Maturity Framework. International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy (IJIDE), 12(1), 72-85. doi:10.4018/IJIDE.2021010105

Towards a micro-enterprise–focused digital maturity framework

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Author: Kuusisto, Olli1; Kääriäinen, Jukka1; Hänninen, Kai2;
Organizations: 1VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland
2University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: IGI Global, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-01-29


Digitalisation has been identified as one of the major trends changing society and business. However, companies are not making the most of all the opportunities that digitalisation has to offer. In the digital transformation process, it is important to start with assessing the current state. Digital maturity assessment can be used to analyse the current level of digital readiness and performance of an organisation. Micro-enterprises are the smallest group of enterprises and numerically the dominant enterprise type in economies. They differ from larger enterprises in terms of organisational characteristics, such as their unique attitude towards digital tools and application deployment. Furthermore, micro-enterprises are lagging behind in exploring the possibilities that come with digitalisation. This article describes the design process, usage possibilities, and initial experiences of a digital maturity model, especially from the viewpoint of micro-enterprises. As result, this article presents a micro-enterprise-focused self-evaluation framework providing holistic digital maturity status.

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Series: International journal of innovation in the digital economy
ISSN: 1947-8305
ISSN-E: 1947-8313
ISSN-L: 1947-8305
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Pages: 72 - 85
DOI: 10.4018/IJIDE.2021010105
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: This publication has been supported by the “SoloENTRE ja Yrittävä kulttuuri” project which received funding from the European Regional Development Fund under grant agreement No A74362, and by the “DigiLeap” project which received funding from the European Regional Development Fund under grant agreement No A73467.
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