Monthly Archives: November 2009

Calling for programmed technology transfer and adoption strategies for sustainable growth of world’s LDCs

The world’s least developed countries (LDCs) remain in a state of a quandary as to how best to partake in the global information age. These countries have historically lagged the world in most aspects of development, and the age of technology presents new challenges. We offer what we believe to be the right strategies for the affected countries to catch up with the rest of the world. Continue reading

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Africa calling: burgeoning wireless networks connect Africans to the world and each other

On a continent where rolling blackouts, undrinkable water, and fetid mounds of refuse remain the stuff of every day existence, wireless telecommunications services stand out as a rare, perhaps unique, technological success story. Tens of millions of ordinary Africans just like Nchise carry cellphones today, something not even the richest of them could have possessed barely a decade ago. And every month, millions more dial into the 21st century, with profound implications for African economies and societies. Continue reading

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The Effects of Infrastructure and Policy on E-Business in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

This study investigates experts’ assessments of the pertinent factors affecting e-business in developing countries from a theory-based national infrastructure perspective. We surveyed experts (business people, academicians, and officials of governmental and nongovernmental organizations) in e-business in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Continue reading

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Towards A Curriculum Adaptation Model for IS Undergraduate Education in sub-Saharan Africa

Improving information systems undergraduate education is an important measure for developing countries to take advantage of information and communication technologies for socio-economic development.

However, the current discourse on development of information systems education programmes in developing countries identifies a gap between proposed models for curriculum development and the adaptation to the local context. Continue reading

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Web 2.0 and Organisational Learning: Conceptualizing the Link

This paper seeks to conceptualize the link between Web 2.0 and organizational learning through a framework that assesses its adaptability as a learning tool. The paper provides an integrated perspective on the broader contribution of Web 2.0 to organizational learning. The proposed framework can assist organizations in prioritization and evaluation of learning tools. Future research may extend its applicability and understanding by examining the constructs of the proposed framework empirically. Continue reading

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Investments in Telecommunications Infrastructure Are Not the Panacea for Least Developed Countries Leapfrogging Growth of Teledensity

Over the last decade, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have sustained the lowest number of main telephone lines for every one hundred inhabitants (teledensity). LDCs also lag greatly behind other regions of the world in utilizing information and telecommunication technologies. This regression study examines the 48 LDCs worldwide with teledensity of less than one. Continue reading

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Teledensity Growth Constraints and Strategies for Africa's LDCs: ‘Viagra’ Prescriptions or Sustainable Development Strategy

Over-dependence of Africa’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on the West has been reflected in various socio-economic dimensions. Such dependence has also been reflected in the telecommunications industry of Africa’s LDCs in their quest to improve their historically low teledensity (number of main telephone lines per one hundred inhabitants). Continue reading

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