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The developmental effects of the digital revolution

Avgerou, C. and Addo, Atta (2017) The developmental effects of the digital revolution In: The Routledge Companion to Management Information Systems. Taylor and Francis, London, UK, pp. 444-465. ISBN 9781317213727 (ISBN); 9781138666450 (ISBN)

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So far, the achievement of socio-economic benefits in developing countries from ongoing ICT innovation has been slow and precarious. In this chapter we caution against the technology deterministic tendency to derive expectations of transformative developmental effects of the 'digital revolution' on the basis of technological potential alone. We propose a theoretical approach that combines an understanding of three levels of change: the relationship of ICT artefacts or systems with the social actors that shape their functionality and their use, and have their capabilities shaped by them; the relationship of socio-technical units of innovation with the broader socio-technical structures within which they are embedded; and the relationship of ICT innovation with goals and processes of socio-economic development. We illustrate such theoretical framing with an analysis of the Unique Identification (Aadhaar) Project in India.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Avgerou, C.
Editors :
Galliers, Robert D.
Stein, Mari-Klara
Date : 15 August 2017
DOI : 10.4324/9781315619361
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Robert D. Galliers and Mari-Klara Stein; individual chapters, the contributors.
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 09 Jan 2020 12:51
Last Modified : 09 Jan 2020 12:51

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