Preliminary insight into cloud computing adoption in a developing country

Prince Kwame Senyo, John Effah, Erasmus Addae

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the determinants of cloud computing adoption (CCA) in a developing country context through the lens of the technology, organisation and environment (TOE) framework.

Design/methodology/approach – The study was carried out using the quantitative research methodology based on a survey of 305 organisations from different industries in Ghana. Based on the TOE framework, a conceptual model consisting of ten hypotheses were proposed and tested through a confirmatory factor analysis and logistic regression analysis.

Findings – The findings indicate that relative advantage, security concern, top management support, technology readiness, competitive pressure and trading partners’ pressure were the TOE factors found to be significant in CCA in a developing country context. Conversely, firm size, scope, compatibility and regulatory support were found to be insignificant.

Originality/value – This study provides insights into CCA across different industries in a developing country environment. The study is arguably the first kind of empirical research into CCA in a developing country context, specifically in Ghana. The findings from this study provide a foundation for other studies as well as constructive insights for the development of cloud computing, due to its infancy in the developing world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-524
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Enterprise Information Management
Issue number4
Early online date11 Jul 2016
Publication statusEarly online - 11 Jul 2016


  • Determinants
  • TOE
  • Ghana
  • Cloud computing
  • Developing countries
  • Adoption


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