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    ABSTRACT: The impact that information technology can have on development is the subject of an ongoing debate. Central to this debate is the role of universities. Education shapes people's attitudes toward technology and determines how it will be used. This research shows that in India, students at higher educational institutions are socialized to believe that information technology can have a very positive impact on their country. They do not share the skepticism commonly found in Western literature. This research finds that first and foremost, IT is seen as a tool for personal development, where students can leverage their education to become rich and successful, either in India or abroad. Second, IT is seen as a tool for Indian ascension, lifting India to the status of a great global power. Only thirdly is IT seen as a means to assist in the development of India's poor population. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2010 · Information Technology for Development
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    ABSTRACT: Global ICT programs are defined as new and universal modes of organizing mediated by technology and enacted through a novel mix of policy instruments, international institutions, business interests, and techno/managerial concepts. Largely unexplored in the various fields studying innovation and digital technologies, such programs are of interest, not least because of their projected ability to promote innovation and help achieve new mechanisms of governance at local, national, and global scale. Based on relevant information systems research, this paper argues that we need a new theoretical understanding for the study of such programs and in order to explore their potential as a means of technology transfer and innovation in the developed and developing world.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2009 · Government Information Quarterly
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    ABSTRACT: The past 30 years we have studied the relationship between the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and organisational performance under names such as Information Systems, Management Information Systems, and Group Decision Support Systems. There has, however, as pointed out by Orlikowski & Iacono (2001), been little work promoting theories about the ICT artefact. The aim of this paper is to continue where Orlikowski & Iacono left and suggest a task-based theory of information services. The theory distinguishes between computational, adaptive, networking and collaborative services and relates these ideal types of services to basic types of technologies, such as server, client, infrastructure and workspace technologies. We also discuss how different types of services standardise process, information, connection and material and we argue that their use can lead to unintended dysfunctionality in terms of structure, information, interaction and transaction overload. The two authors have contributed equally to this paper and are listed in alphabetical order only.
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