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Discourses on ICT and development

Avgerou, Chrisanthi (2010) Discourses on ICT and development. Information Technologies and International Development, 6 (3). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1544-7529

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Abstract

Research on ICT and development (ICTD) involves assumptions on the nature of ICT innovation and on the way such innovation contributes to development. In this article I review the multidisciplinary literature on ICTD and identify two perspectives regarding the nature of the ICT innovation process in developing countries - as transfer and diffusion and as socially embedded action - and two perspectives on the development transformation towards which ICT is understood to contribute - progressive transformation and disruptive transformation. I then discuss the four discourses formed by combining the perspectives on the nature of IS innovation and on the development transformation. My review suggests that ICTD research, despite its remarkable theoretical capabilities to study technology innovation in relation to socio-economic context, remains weak in forming convincing arguments on IT-enabled socio-economic development.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2010 USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Unless noted otherwise, all ITID content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License: http://itidjournal.org/itid/article/view/560
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
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Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2011 10:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35564/

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