Vol 59 (2013)

Volume 59 contains 6 regular papers and one book review.

The first paper by Winley and Wongwuttiwat compared ICT professional requirements in organizations in Thailand with the ICT bachelor degree curriculum offered in universities in Thailand using a theoretical framework with three related components: domains of expertise; the scope of the professional’s knowledge, skills, and experience; and specific skills associated with the domains of expertise. Survey data was collected from 166 medium to large sized organizations and 42 universities which offered in total 78 ICT related bachelor degree programs. The findings show that although there was a reasonable degree of alignment between the importance of skills in the organizations and the ICT curriculum, the programs were not addressing adequately the needs of organizations for a range of skills.

In the second paper, Krauss and Turpin contend that if the outsider-researcher involved in ICT for Development research really wants to make a difference and honestly address the emancipatory interests of the developing community, emancipation has to take place on both sides of the “development divide”. Specifically, emancipatory research and practice need to be accompanied by an understanding of the researcher-practitioner’s own assumptions, preconceptions, and limitations as well as local concerns, needs, and realities. These issues are explored from a critical theory perspective drawing on a confessional account with critical reflexivity.

In the third paper, Lau, Winley, Lau and Tan explore the adoption and use of ICT in Myanmar, examining the nature and structure of the IT profession. The authors draw on a theoretical framework with three components: domains of IT professional expertise; the scope of the IT professional’s knowledge, skills and experience; and specific knowledge and skills associated with the domains of professional expertise in the IT field.

In the fourth paper, Akeel, Wynn and Zhang undertake a case study analysis into the deployment of IS in the Libyan oil industry in two companies. The authors explore the IS strategies of the two companies drawing on different theoretical models as they analyse the implementation of the strategies.

In the fifth paper Mooketsi and Leonard examine the factors associated with usage of the Tribal Land information management system in Botswana, in particular considering the extent to which the system improves land management and administration. The current lack of consolidation among different land boards is a cause for concern that should be addressed.

In the last paper, Purkayastha and Braa examine how cloud computing solutions may provide value in the context of Health IS in developing countries characterised by Big Data situations. The authors draw on the Analytics-as-a Service component of DHIS2 software which is used in over thirty developing countries.

The last item in this issue is a book review. The title of the book is The Global News Challenge: Market Strategies of International Broadcasting Organizations in Developing Countries, written by Anne Geniets and published by Routledge. The book provides an important and largely eloquent review of the way international news organizations project themselves and are perceived by their erstwhile audience – in Developing Countries.

Table of Contents

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Research Papers

ICT Curricular and the Requirements of Organizations in Thailand PDF
Graham Kenneth Winley, Jittima Wongwuttiwat # of downloads: 835

The emancipation of the researcher as part of Information and Communication Technology for Development work in deep rural South Africa PDF
Kristin Krauss, Marita Turpin # of downloads: 835

An Exploratory Study on the Adoption and Use of ICT in Myanmar PDF
Sim Kim Lau, Graham Kenneth Winley, Sim Yee Lau, Kim Song Tan # of downloads: 1717

Information systems deployment in Libyan oil companies: two case studies PDF
Hosian Akeel, Martin Wynn, Shujun Zhang # of downloads: 1015

Factors Influencing the Usage of the Tribal Land Information Management Systems for Land Management and Administration: The Case of Mogoditshane Subordinate Land-Board PDF
Bojelo Esther Mooketsi, Mpho Leonard # of downloads: 1524

Big Data Analytics for developing countries – Using the Cloud for Operational BI in Health PDF
Saptarshi Purkayastha, Jørn Braa # of downloads: 2565

In this Volume, the downloads# is the total number of downloads since publication.

Book/Media Reviews

Review of: The Global News Challenge: Market Strategies of International Broadcasting Organizations in Developing Countries PDF
Robert M Davison # of downloads: 430

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
ISSN: 1681-4835 www.ejisdc.org