|Research Title||Enabling the Adoption and Diffusion of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) among SMEs in Jamaica|
|Research Questions||1. What is the level of awareness among Jamaican SMEs to FOSS and how do this, and other factors, influence adoption?|
2. How would interventions through managed support services, structured implementation approaches and effective training impact the level of adoption of FOSS in the sector?
|Scope / Methodology||The overall research project utilized a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods conducted over three distinct phases. |
Phase 1: A survey and a series of facilitated workshops conducted on a sample of sixty-five (65) Small Medium Enterprises in Jamaica to determine Adoption & Use patterns of ICTs in general and FOSS in particular, among Jamaican SMEs
Phase II: Develop a Solution Framework for the implementation of FOSS Applications in SMEs. Components of this proposed framework includes a series of ICT artifacts and methodologies
Phase III: Evaluate the effectiveness of the solutions through a series of implementation Case Studies.
|Publications||Upcoming Publication: "Adoption & Diffusion patterns of FOSS in Jamaican SMEs: A Study of Perceptions, Attitudes & Barriers for Owner-Decision makers" accepted as a Chapter for the upcoming Book: Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries, by United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), scheduled to be published by UNU Press, http://www.unu.edu/unupress/ , in summer, 2011.|