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The Diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies

1st Edition

By Ewa Lechman


232 pages

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Hardback: 9781138202153
pub: 2017-10-09
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In recent decades, the world has witnessed, unprecedented in terms of speed and geographic coverage, diffusion of new information and communication technologies (ICT). The on-going digital revolution pervasively impacts and reshapes societies and economies and therefore deserves special attention and interest.

This book provides extensive evidence on information and communication technologies development patterns and dynamics of this process across developed economies over the period 1980 to the present day. It adopts newly developed methodology to identification of the ‘critical mass’ and isolation of technological takeoff intervals, which are intimately related to the process of technology diffusion. The statistically robust analysis of country-specific data demonstrates the key economic, social and institutional prerequisites of ICT diffusion across examined countries, indicating what factors significantly foster or – reversely – hinder the process.

Table of Contents


2.Technology and Economic Development-Historical Perspective

3.Technology Diffusion. Conceptual Aspects

4. Identifying ICT Diffusion Patterns. Linking Models to Data for Technology

5.Technological Take-Offs. Country’s Perspective

6.What Have We Learnt from This Books?

About the Author

Ewa Lechman is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management and Economics at Gdansk University of Technology, Poland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Technology, Work and Organizations

The books in the series offer groundings in central elements of the management of technology and innovation. They provide stimulating treatments of key themes which form part of the Management of Technology and/or Innovation syllabus and are primarily aimed at advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturing and research staff. The books explain, develop and critically explore issues and concepts on the assumption that students and staff already have a basic understanding of the area. All the books in the series incorporate a combination of this review of the current state of knowledge in a particular aspect of the management of technology/innovation with the presentation and discussion of new primary material not previously published.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Information Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology