Social media adoption in Italian firms. Opportunities and challenges for lagging regions

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Abstract

Social media are an important growth opportunity for firms, especially small-sized ones operating in peripheral and lagging regions. In this paper, we investigate not only whether firms are able to take this opportunity, but also if they are able to face the challenge of adopting social media at a professional level to obtain a significant economic impact, measured in terms of exporting activities. Exploring the Italian case, our empirical study indicates that smaller firms in lagging areas are more likely to adopt social media but at the same time less likely to use them at a professional level. This reflects poor strategic targets of social media adoption and lower probabilities of entering international markets.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine20
RivistaPapers in Regional Science
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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