Vol 33 (2008)

Volume 33 of EJISDC is a regular issue with four papers. In the first paper, Matthew Smith, Shirin Madon, Adebusoye Anifalaje (all from the London School of Economics & Political Science), Mwele Lazarro-Malecela (Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research) and Edwin Michael (Imperial College, London)draw on their empirical work in Tanzania to argue that a more sophisticated form of 'integration' that goes beyond what they term 'narrow, managerialist' perspectives is necessary if health information systems are to deliver the expected benefits. In this more sophisticated form, integration will include not only managerial data, but also epidemiological data, and in addition, working styles and the rich complexity of social relations - at local, national and global levels.

In the second paper, Tuyen Thanh Nguyen and Graeme Johanson from Monash University, Australia, analyse evidence from a variety of sources to demonstrate the nature of Vietnam as an emerging Knowledge Society, paying particular attention to the role of culture.

In the third paper, Prachit Intaganok, Peter Waterworth, Thansak Andsavachulamanee, Guah Grasaresom and Udom Homkome, all from Surinda Rajabhat University, Thailand, investigate the adoption of ICTs by university staff at a provincial Thai university. Such ICT-based educational initiatives are ever more frequently encountered in different countries round the world, so this article provides a timely reminder that the process of ICT adoption is by no means smooth and that significant hurdles remain to overcome.

In the 4th paper, Abdullah Mat Rashid (University Putra Malaysia) and Gene Gloeckner (Colorado State University, USA) report on information and learning technology adoption by career and technical teachers in Malaysia. This paper provides a useful juxtaposition to that of the third paper in this issue (see above), since here too there are evidently barriers to adoption of the technology: while attitudes are often positive, actual use of technology to support teaching is less consistent.

In the final paper, Sanjay Nadkarni (Macao University of Science and Technology) highlights the convergence space between ICT for Development on the one hand and pro-poor tourism on the other. The paper draws on an extensive literature review to propose a conceptual framework within the e-tourism value chain, and critical success factors are identified. The framework is also assessed for its congruence with the key aspects of development theory.

Table of Contents

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Integrated Health Information Systems in Tanzania: Experience and Challenges PDF
Matthew Smith, Shirin Madon, Adebusoye Anifalaje, Mwele Lazarro-Malecela, Edwin Michael # of downloads: 47497

Culture and Vietnam as a Knowledge Society PDF
Tuyen Thanh Nguyen, Graeme Johanson # of downloads: 9604

Attitudes of Staff to Information and Communication Technologies in a Provincial University in Thailand PDF
Prachit - Intaganok, Peter G Waterworth, Thanasak - Andsavachulamanee, Guah - Grasaresom, Udom - Homkome # of downloads: 6713

Information and Learning Technology (ILT) Adoption Among Career and Technical Teachers in Malaysia PDF
Abdullah Mat Rashid, Gene W Gloeckner # of downloads: 3251

Defining the ICT4D plus Pro-Poor Tourism Convergence Space: Synergies for Natural Allies in the Global War on Poverty PDF
Sanjay Nadkarni # of downloads: 7591

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