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Computerization in Developing Countries

Model and Reality, 1st Edition

By Per Lind


188 pages

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Originally published in 1991, this book looks at the problems of applying Western computer programmes to the developing world, arguing that the difficulties are as much cultural as technological. The author shows that the underlying models for computer applications are made up from interpretations of reality which are closely related to Western scientific, technological and cultural development originating from the Renaissance. The book includes a case study of an Egyptian manufacturing company, which reveals the actual problems encountered in the process of computerization.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Computers, Models and Developing Countries

1. Introduction

2. Computers in Developing Countries

3. Model and Reality - A Conceptual Discussion

4. Industrial Production as a Model

Part 2: From Model to Reality - Egypt

5. Industry in Egypt

6. NASCO - A Company Presentation

7. Vehicle Production at NASCO

8. Materials Management at NASCO

Part 3: Model and Reality - A Critical View

9. Materials Management at NASCO - An Analysis

10. Computerization at NASCO - Illusions and Achievements

11. The NASCO Analysis in Perspective Some Concluding Reflections

12. Computerization in Developing Countries - Model and Reality

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Economics and Business of Technology

Originally published between 1967 and 1999 the 50 volumes in this set examine the impact of technology on economics and international business. The volumes:

  • Present a synthesis of business functions and economic analysis and ask what the implications for skills development are and the effect of public policy
  • Report on global companies' experience with computers in company training in such areas as banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, IT, the retail industry, transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • Look at the way in which some businesses in high technology manufacturing industry have organised their structures and processes in order to manage product innovation effectively.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory