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Financial vs. social sustainability of telecentres: mutual exclusion or mutual reinforcement?

Masiero, Silvia (2011) Financial vs. social sustainability of telecentres: mutual exclusion or mutual reinforcement? Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 45 (3). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1681-4835

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Abstract

The debate on development-led telecentre projects revolves around the concept of sustainability. Although it is accepted that telecentre sustainability has both a financial and a social dimension, the relationship between these two sides is sometimes axiomatically defined as one of mutual exclusion. Through the case study of the Akshaya Telecentre Project in Kerala, southern India, we problematize this logic: we individuate a set of mechanisms through which the social dimension of telecentre sustainability feeds the financial one, rather than obstructing it. As such, we propose a new paradigm for telecentre studies, in which social and financial sustainability are interlinked by mutual reinforcement.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ejisdc.org/ojs2/index.php/ejisdc
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author, published by The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 16:32
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 10:01
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60552

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