The e-readiness of the Australian timber and wood sector

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Blake, Jacqueline and Pease, Wayne. 2005. "The e-readiness of the Australian timber and wood sector." Cooper, Russel, Madden, Gary and Lloyd, Ashley (ed.) ITS Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference - ICT Networks - Building Blocks for Economic Development (2005). Perth, Australia 28 - 30 Aug 2005 Perth, Australia.
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The e-readiness of the Australian timber and wood sector

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBlake, Jacqueline (Author) and Pease, Wayne (Author)
EditorsCooper, Russel, Madden, Gary and Lloyd, Ashley
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the International Telecommunications Society Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference (ITS 2005)
Number of Pages11
Year2005
Place of PublicationPerth, Australia
ISBN0646451898
Conference/EventITS Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference - ICT Networks - Building Blocks for Economic Development (2005)
Event Details
ITS Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference - ICT Networks - Building Blocks for Economic Development (2005)
Event Date
28 to end of 30 Aug 2005
Event Location
Perth, Australia
Abstract

This paper explores the issues surrounding the e-readiness of the Australian timber and wood products industry. A business organisation's e-readiness is a measure of its e-business environment, and a collection of factors that indicate how amenable a business is to information communications and technologies (ICT) based opportunities. A survey tool was developed and used to assess a number of factors including the extent of usage of ICT within the Australian timber sector, the sector's general business environment, the degree to which e-business is being adopted by the sector, the availability of services to support e-businesses, and the extent to which the business organisations within this sector are moving to e-business.
This paper presents an overview of the statistical analysis of the survey responses. The analysed data provides a snapshot of the current level of e-business capacity within the timber sector. The analysis of the survey data also identifies barriers, real or perceived, that limit the move by the timber sector to e-business.
This timber sector is characterised by two tiers. Tier 1 players are few in number, being national/global players well versed in strategy, management practices and ICT. Tier 2 players on the other hand tend to be small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operators. SMEs are characterised by lower levels of resources generally, including financial resources, technical expertise and tend to focus on operational issues rather than taking a strategic view. In Australia, the tier 2 players also tend to be located in regional and rural areas. The survey results indicated that there is a considerable lag in the use of ICT within tier 2 operators.

Keywordse-business; e-readiness; Australian timber and wood products industry; information and communications technologies (ICT); small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350716. Small business organisation and management
359999. Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
460908. Information systems organisation and management
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Information Systems
Charles Sturt University
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