Vol 26 (2006)

Volume 26 contains seven regular papers, covering a range of topics of interest to EJISDC readers, with papers from or about India, Tanzania, the Pacific Islands, Kenya, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Thailand.

In the first paper, Vinnie Gajjala explores the role of ICTs in enhancing entrepreneurship and globalization practices in Indian software firms, with specific reference to seven such firms through a case study analysis. The paper emphasises the importance of the Internet for the globalisation of the Indian software industry, and the way it has enabled even the most remotely located businesses to leapfrog into the newly-globalised era.

In the second paper, Honest Kimaro considers strategies needed to develop the Human Resource capacity associated with sustainable health information systems in Tanzania. Human Resource issues are less frequently studied in the context of their importance for the application of ICTs in developing countries, yet clearly this is an important issue. The author argues that much greater attention needs to be paid to HR issues if the promise of ICT is to be realised.

In the third paper, Jim McMaster and Jan Novak discuss the evolution of trade portals for e-trade facilitation in the Pacific Island nations. Based on an analysis of over 100 cases, a model describing the evolution of various trade portals at the national, regional and global level is developed. In the context of the proposed model, the authors then examine e-readiness, international trade volumes and the current trade facilitation and trade and investment promotion in the Pacific Island countries (PICs). Based on this examination and a comparison of various approaches to electronic trade facilitation and promotion, the authors recommend the establishment of a regional, single window trade gateway for the PICs, combining trade facilitation, trade promotion and trade policy development.

In the fourth paper, Harrison Bii and David Mugo Gichoya discuss the challenges associated with establishing and managing an Information and Resource Management centre in a Kenyan public university. While the establishment of the IRM centre at Moi University is discussed, the implications for the ongoing maintenance and success of the centre are highlighted in terms of implications for management.

In the fifth paper, Felix Bollou discusses ICT infrastructure expansion in six West African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. The focus of this paper is on the impact of ICT investments in these six countries on the expansion of productive capacity necessary for economic and social development. Different agencies, e.g. the UNDP and ATU, offer conflicting analyses of the impact of this ICT investment, but the author suggests that ICT investments have resulted in technical progress.

In the sixth paper, Penporn and Jeremy Pagram consider the implications of e-learning in traditional Thai educational systems, focusing in particular on cultural compatibility. They make a number of suggestions as to how e-learning systems can be rendered more culturally compatible with the Thai educational system.

Finally, in the last paper, Danish Dada presents a literature review of the failure of e-government in developing countries. As the author notes, while there is much hype about e-government success stories, the bitter truth in the majority of e-government projects in developing countries is that they fail, failures brought about by gaps between the design of the technology itself and reality of the context.

Table of Contents

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Research Papers

The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Enhancing Processes of Entrepreneurship and Globalization in Indian Software Companies PDF
Venkataramana Gajjala # of downloads: 8315

Strategies for Developing Human Resource Capacity to Support Sustainability of ICT Based Health Information Systems: A Case Study from Tanzania PDF
Honest C. Kimaro # of downloads: 7501

The Evolution of Trade Portals and the Pacific Islands Countries E-Trade Facilitation and Promotion PDF
Jim McMaster, Jan Nowak # of downloads: 5379

Challenges of Establishing and Managing an IRM Centre in a Kenyan Public University: a Critical Review of Papers by Moi University's IRM Centre Staff PDF
Harrison Bii, David Mugo Gichoya # of downloads: 6103

ICT Infrastructure Expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Analysis of Six West African Countries from 1995 to 2002 PDF
Felix Bollou # of downloads: 3730

Issues In E-Learning: A Thai Case Study PDF
Penporn Pagram, Jeremy Pagram # of downloads: 9386

The Failure of E-Government in Developing Countries: A Literature Review PDF
Danish Dada # of downloads: 54477

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