Telecommunications and Socio-Economic Development

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Overview

Telecommunications systems are central to the development of a global economy, and are fundamental to the means by which most business is conducted, organised and managed. Supported by recent sophisticated econometric analyses, the International Telecommunications Union considers the link between telecommunications and economic development to be axiomatic. This volume takes a broader view. Four themes are considered: Telecommunications and Development focuses on new technology diffusion, and the regional impact of telecommunications investment. International Dimensions provides an examination of the political, strategic and legal environment within which new communications technology evolves and is employed. Organisational Aspects is concerned with organisation-specific analyses of the role and impact of telecommunications within firms. Such an approach avoids the 'telecommunications as oil' treatment of much recent analysis. Country Studies examines telecommunications issues in the Asia-Pacific region, South America, and the former communist nations of Central and Eastern Europe. The papers tacitly stress the importance of path dependence; that is, institutional features and history, are important in determining telecommunications futures.

Telecommunications systems are central to the development of a global economy, and are fundamental to the means by which most business is conducted, organised and managed. Supported by recent sophisticated econometric analyses, the International Telecommunications Union considers the link between telecommunications and economic development to be axiomatic. This volume takes a broader view. Four themes are considered: Telecommunications and Development focuses on new technology diffusion, and the regional impact of telecommunications investment. International Dimensions provides an examination of the political, strategic and legal environment within which new communications technology evolves and is employed. Organisational Aspects is concerned with organisation-specific analyses of the role and impact of telecommunications within firms. Such an approach avoids the 'telecommunications as oil' treatment of much recent analysis. Country Studies examines telecommunications issues in the Asia-Pacific region, South America, and the former communist nations of Central and Eastern Europe. The papers tacitly stress the importance of path dependence; that is, institutional features and history, are important in determining telecommunications futures

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444826480
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/16/1998
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Telecommunications and Socio-Economic Development: Introductory Remarks 1
Pt. I Telecommunications and Development
1 Telecommunications Infrastructure and Invention, Innovation, and Diffusion Processes 13
2 The Supply of Direct Exchange Lines in Developing Countries 25
3 Telecommunication Infrastructure and Economic Growth: An Analysis of Spanish Manufacturing Industry 39
4 Measuring the Gains from Asia-Pacific Trade in Telecommunications 55
Pt. II International Dimensions
5 The Political Economy of Telecommunications Services Trade and Investment Policy: Australia, Japan and the US 77
6 Contested Arenas in International Telecommunications: Towards an Integrated Political Perspective 99
7 The Impact of Advanced Communications on European Growth and Trade 119
8 Strategic Alliances for the Provision of New Telecommunications Services: A Methodological Approach to a European Satellite System 145
9 Strategic Alliances in Telecommunications and Media: An Economic Analysis of Recent European Commission Decisions 155
10 Practical Issues in Overseas Investment: Some Examples from Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia 177
Pt. III Organisational Aspects
11 Explaining the Use of Inter-Firm Data Networks for Electronic Transactions: The Case of the Pharmaceutical and Advertising Industries in France 191
12 Information Efficiency, Production Organisation and Systems Productivity: Quantifying the Systems Effects of EDI Investments 205
13 Information Technologies in the Service Sector: Monitoring Impacts at the Industry Level 217
14 Corporate Structures in the Advanced Telecommunications Technologies and Information Services Era 231
15 Beyond Technological or Organisational Determinism: A Framework to Understand the Link Between Information Technologies and Organisational Changes 245
16 Telecommunications and Market Efficiency: The Missing Link 263
17 Learning and the Diffusion of the Digital Paradigm in Information and Communication Technology 275
18 Notions of Network: Some Implications for Telecommunications of Differences in Perception 295
Pt. IV Country Studies
19 From Path-Dependent Processes of Structural Change to a Diversity of Market Models in Central European Countries' Telecommunications 315
20 Where The Poor Have Access to Telephones: Telecommunications and Development in the Indian State of Kerala 337
21 Liberalisation and Privatisation: Telecommunications Reforms in Sri Lanka 353
22 Competition Without Privatisation: The Chinese Path 375
23 Telecommunications Liberalization: The Lessons of India 393
24 The Brazilian Way of Telecommunications Reform: Diverging from the Latin Spanish American Model? 407
Author Index 435
Keyword Index 437
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