It is probably a truism that information technology (IT) is increasingly important for all types of business activities. In fact, while IT expenditures accounted for only about eight percent of the German business sector’s real expenditures in 1970, the share increased to nearly 42 percent in 2002 (Deutsche Bundesbank, 2004). In 2008, 84 percent of firms in Germany employed IT in their operations, and about 60 percent of employees in Germany regularly used a computer at work (Bauer and Tenz, 2009).1
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