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Information systems in developing countries: a critical research review

Avgerou, Chrisanthi (2008) Information systems in developing countries: a critical research review. Journal of Information Technology, 23 (3). pp. 133-146. ISSN 0268-3962

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Abstract

In this paper I review the Information Systems (IS) research on how developing countries have attempted to benefit from information and communication technologies (ICTs). First I identify three discourses on IS implementation and associated organizational and social change that coexist in information systems in developing countries (ISDC) research, namely as a process of technology and knowledge transfer and adaptation to local social conditions; as a process of socially embedded action; and as a process of transformative techno-organizational intervention associated with global politics and economics. I then point out the distinctive research agenda that has been formed in ISDC studies, both in the more familiar IS themes – failure, outsourcing, and strategic value of ICT – and also in studies of themes relevant specifically to the context of developing countries, such as the development of community ICT and information resources. Finally, I call the reader's attention to the potentially significant theoretical contributions of ISDC research for understanding IS innovation in relation to social context and in relation to socio-economic development theories and policies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jit/index.html
Additional Information: © 2011 Palgrave Macmillan
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)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
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Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 11:32
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37026/

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