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Discourses on ICT and development

By Chrisanthi Avgerou

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Research on ICT and development (ICTD) involves assumptions on the nature of ICT innovation and on the way such innovation contributes to development. In this article I review the multidisciplinary literature on ICTD and identify two perspectives regarding the nature of the ICT innovation process in developing countries - as transfer and diffusion and as socially embedded action - and two perspectives on the development transformation towards which ICT is understood to contribute - progressive transformation and disruptive transformation. I then discuss the four discourses formed by combining the perspectives on the nature of IS innovation and on the development transformation. My review suggests that ICTD research, despite its remarkable theoretical capabilities to study technology innovation in relation to socio-economic context, remains weak in forming convincing arguments on IT-enabled socio-economic development

Topics: HC Economic History and Conditions, HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, T Technology (General)
Publisher: USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:35564
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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