Effects of entrepreneurship and IT fashion on SMEs’ transformation toward cloud service through mediation of trust

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-257
Journal / PublicationInformation and Management
Issue number2
Online published8 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


This study draws from strategic choice theory, management fashion theory, and trust research to investigate organizational transformation toward cloud service. Considering organizations’ substantive rationality, this study proposes that SMEs’ entrepreneurial orientation and the institutional pressures received from the marketplace provide motives for their cloud transformation intention. These influences are mediated by a complex trust-building process. A survey involving 107 Chinese SMEs was conducted to validate our research model. The results illustrate that SMEs’ trust building toward the cloud-related situation and artifact plays a critical role in mediating the effects of strategic orientation and institutional pressures on their cloud transformation.

Research Area(s)

  • Cloud service, Entrepreneurship, Innovation adoption, Institutional pressure, Management fashion, Trust