Vol 17 (2004)

Volume 17 of the journal contains a special section with two papers originally presented in the Information Systems and Technological Issues in Developing Countries minitrack at the 2003 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), as well as three regular articles. The editors of the special section are: Scott McCoy (scott.mccoy@business.wm.edu), College of William and Mary, Victor Mbarika (vmbarika@lsu.edu), Louisiana State University, Peter Meso (pmeso@cis.gsu.edu), Georgia State University and Philip Musa (musa@uab.edu), University of Alabama, Birmingham, all in the USA. A detailed introduction to the special section is available here.

The first paper, "Software Outsourcing in Vietnam: A Case Study of a Locally Operating Pioneer", is authored by John Gallaugher and Greg Stoller, both of Boston College. These authors examine software outsourcing in Vietnam, highlighting a successful company. The authors point to benefits and challenges of outsourcing and generate a list of success factors that firms in other developing countries can use to become strategic outsourcing partners to more develop nations.

The second paper, "Adoption of Electronic Commerce by Organizations in India: Strategic and Environmental Imperatives", is authored by Monideepa Tarafdar from the University of Toledo and Sanjiv Vaidya from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. The authors examine e-commerce adoption in eighteen companies spread across eleven different industries in India. Adoption of electronic commerce by most of the local firms was a direct response to the strategic threats espoused by the changing economic landscape. Their findings indicate that economic forces are significant enough to compel indigenous firms into re-thinking and re-orienting the ways they conduct business.

The third paper, "Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and GIS for Participatory Natural Resource Management: State of the Practice", authored by Nitesh Tripathi and Shefali Bhattarya, both of the University of Florida, offers an illuminating set of insights into the practice of participatory resource mapping, with particular reference to indigenous knowledge and the way this can be captured with GIS.

The fourth paper, "Regional Information Centres in Azerbaijan: A Preliminary Evaluation" by Michele Cocchiglia, offers a unique perspective on the development of ICTs in rural areas in this Central Asian nation, with a particular focus on telecentres. A number of important considerations in the viability of these centres are addressed, including the nature of equipment provided, the way in which the facilities are managed, financial sustainability, and accessibility. The paper concludes with a list of recommendations for the effective establishment and operation of regional information centres.

The fifth paper, "Bridging the Digital Divide in Carribean Group Decision Making", by Evan Duggan and Grace Virtue, examines the process of organisational decision making in the Carribean, the factors that influence group behaviour and interaction, and the advantages and disadvantages of structuring mechanisms such as those present in Group Support Systems (GSS) and the Nominal Group Technique (NGT). The paper also offers a comparison of GSS and NGT with particular focus on issues of technology access in nations on the less advantaged side of the digital divide.

Finally, two books recently published by Sage (New Delhi) are reviewed. The first involves an analysis of the strategic management of the technology transfer process in developing countries. The second relates specifically to the Indian experience of bridging the digital divide.

Table of Contents


In this Volume, the downloads# is the number of downloads since April 2005. The total number of downloads, i.e. since the original publication date, is not available.

Research Papers

Software Outsourcing in Vietnam: A Case Study of a Locally Operating Pioneer PDF
John Gallaugher, Greg Stoller # of downloads: 20489

Adoption of Electronic Commerce by Organizations in India: Strategic and Environmental Imperatives PDF
Monideepa Tarafdar, Sanjiv Vaidya # of downloads: 4428

Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and GIS for Participatory Natural Resource Management: State of the Practice PDF
Nitesh Tripathi, Shefali Bhattarya # of downloads: 22399

Regional Information Centres in Azerbaian: A Preliminary Evaluation PDF
Michele Cocchiglia # of downloads: 3101

Bridging the Digital Divide in Carribean Group Decision Making PDF
Evan Duggan, Grace Virtue # of downloads: 5857


In this Volume, the downloads# is the number of downloads since April 2005. The total number of downloads, i.e. since the original publication date, is not available.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Technology Transfer: Strategic Management in Developing Countries PDF
Robert Davison # of downloads: 2782

Book Review: IT Experience in India: Bridging the Digital Divide PDF
Robert Davison # of downloads: 2663



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