High-Tech/Low-Tech

Peter Loh, Christopher Marshall, Cj Meadows
1998 Journal of Global Information Management  
The proliferation of computing, networking (especially the ubiquitous Internet), and other forms of information and communications technologies in the industrialized nations in the 1990s has brought about tremendous benefits to the population in those parts of the world. The question of whether the developing economies in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America can take advantage of these technologies (and what those advantages might be) is a matter well worth pondering. What constitutes
more » ... g. What constitutes the "appropriateness" of a particular technology? Of course, it depends on the purpose to which the technology is applied. In the context of developing economies as well as in the industrialized nations, technology is used, among other equally important purposes, to stimulate economic growth, thereby improving the quality of life of its population as a whole. As a means to this end, what type of communications and information technologies are suitable for developing economies? There are really three perspectives from which we can view the issue of appropriateness. From Peter Loh is completing a degree in information systems at the National University of Singpoare and has an interest in developingnation technologies and technology for the handicapped. He can be reached at lyc61272@singnet.com.sg and lohyoonc@iscs.nus.sg. Chris Marshall is a faculty member of the National University of Singapore and is currently doing research on financial and operation risk management. He can be reached at cmarshall@dba1996.hbs.edu. CJ Meadows is a faculty member of the Asian Institute of Management and president of Praxis R&C, a strategic management research and consulting firm based in Singapore. Her work focuses on managing globe-wide enterprises, knowledge management, and use of IT for economic development. She can be reached at cmeadows@dba1996.hbs.edu.
doi:10.4018/jgim.1998040101 fatcat:sq6udseyvjgurecpdwlglshepu