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Title: Mobile Phones and Micro-Trading Activities – Conceptualizing The Link, Info
Authors: Boateng, R.
Keywords: Developing countries
Mobile communication systems
Mobile phones
Transaction cost theory
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Mobile Phones and Micro-Trading Activities – Conceptualizing The Link, Info: The Journal for Policy, Regulation and Strategy, 13(5), pp. 48-62. [ERA (Excellence in Research Assessment for Australia), ACPHIS Rank B]
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of mobile phones on the micro-trading activities of traders in Ghana. The study aims to develop a conceptual model analyzing the impact of mobile phones on pre-trade, during-trade and post-trade activities. Design/methodology/approach – A mixed methods approach consisting of a descriptive survey of 136 traders and a case study of two traders was adopted. Findings – The findings suggest that traders primarily use mobile phones to monitor goods and pricing strategies, scheduling deliveries, and addressing inquiries and complaints in during-trade activities. Traders, including those with no formal education, also use mobile phones as calculators in post-trade activities. This innovative use of mobile phones is a function of their pre-knowledge which may have been developed through formal education and/or social networks. Improving information management through mobile phones directly or indirectly contributes to the economic empowerment of the trader. Research limitations/implications – The paper proposes a conceptual framework that extends the transaction cost theory to consider transaction benefits and effects in micro-trading. The study develops four propositions which can guide future research. Practical implications – The study provides practitioners with a “theoretically-inspired” framework which goes beyond examining design and adoption to identify needs and assess impact in mobiles for development initiatives. Originality/value – The conceptual framework extends the work on transaction cost theory in information systems and may inform future research in mobile phones and micro-trading activities.
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