Volume 18 is a regular volume of the journal with four papers.
In the first paper, Valentina Ndou of the University of Shkoder, Albania, drawing upon fifteen web-published case studies, investigates the opportunities and challenges associated with the implementation of eGovernment in Developing Countries. She counsels developing countries to take a more active role in the eGovernment field, and identifies a number of prescriptive suggestions for them.
In the second paper, professors Nair and Kuppusamy from the School of Business, Monash University Malaysia, identify trends of convergence and divergence in the information economy. From their analysis, they observe that countries that have invested heavily in ICT infrastructure, human capital and innovation have tended to reap the rewards with higher productivity levels. Their analysis is intended to illustrate not only the widening gap between developing and developed countries, but also to identify means for developing countries to try and catch up.
In the third paper, Emilio Mosse and Petter Nielsen from the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo, Norway, discuss the communication practices of paper-based information systems in the health care system of Mozambique, as well as attempts to use ICTs to transform these practices. The study involves a qualitative case study designed to reveal the precise nature of these communication practices. In particular, the authors note that these practices are not only functional, but also symbolic and ritualistic. Their findings will be of interest to practitioners in other developing country contexts attempting to understand how such paper-based communication practices are employed.
In the final paper of this volume, Weixi Gong of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in Vienna, Austria, analyses eBusiness models in developing countries in the specific context of post-crisis domestic procurement for humanitarian assistance. He analyses demand and supply issues that are pertinent to the eBusiness model that domestic suppliers may be able to exploit effectively. He also identifies missing links in the regular business cycle that need to be addressed/filled.
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.
|E-Government for Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges|
|Valentine Ndou||# of downloads: 28231|
|Trends of Convergence and Divergence in the Information Economy: Lessons for Developing Countries|
|Mahendhiran Nair, Mudiarasan Kuppusamy||# of downloads: 3164|
|Communication Practices as Functions, Rituals and Symbols: Challenges for Computerization of Paper-Based Information Systems|
|Emilio Mosse, Petter Nielsen||# of downloads: 4171|
|A Conceptual Solution to eBusiness Models in Developing Countries: Post-Crisis Domestic Procurement Network to Facilitate Humanitarian Assistance|
|Weixi Gong||# of downloads: 3433|