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National Strategies to Harness Information Technology: Seeking Transformation in Singapore, Finland, the Philippines, and South Africa (Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management) Hardcover – December 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1461420859 ISBN-10: 1461420857 Edition: 2012th

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  • Series: Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management
  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (December 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461420857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461420859
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,065,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This work examines the highly individual paths of development of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Singapore, Finland, South Africa, and the Philippines during the last two decades. The result is a valuable resource for all stakeholders … ranging from academic researchers and policy analysts to policy makers, such as local politicians or transnational agencies, and industry leaders and lobbyists. … this work enriches the research, learning, and development communities striving to help countries on their individual e-transformation journeys.” (Christoph F. Strnadl, ACM Computing Reviews, July, 2012)

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The ability to harness Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) is increasingly at the heart of competitiveness and sustainable growth. As countries engage in an increasingly competitive global economy, they are trying to weave ICT into their development strategies, in the same way enterprises have learned to use ICT to transform their business models and strategies. This integration offers a new path to development that is responsive to the challenges of our times. 

In National Strategies to Harness Information Technology, Nagy Hanna and Peter Knight provide a framework for assessing the opportunities, challenges, and prospects for “e-transformation” and for analyzing the options and innovations adopted to manage the e-transformation process.  They ask hard questions: what does it take to harness ICT to transform an economy?  Why some countries accelerate their development journey with ICT while others fail?  How did successful countries balance the need for strategic leadership with bottom up innovation? Can countries reduce the risks of digital divide? What have been the roles of government and private sectors? What lessons can be learned  for countries at different levels of development?

Featuring contributions from country experts, the editors and authors provide in-depth case studies of ICT deployment in Singapore, Finland, the Philippines, and South Africa, and asses the progress of such efforts.  The result is an essential resource for academic researchers, policy analysts, policymakers, and industry leaders interested in the role of ICT in national development, innovation, and economic growth.

In National Strategies to Harness Information Technology, Nagy Hanna and Peter Knight provide a framework for assessing the opportunities, challenges, and prospects for “e-transformation” and for analyzing the options and innovations adopted to manage the e-transformation process.  They ask hard questions: what does it take to harness ICT to transform an economy?  Why some countries accelerate their development journey with ICT while others fail?  How did successful countries balance the need for strategic leadership with bottom up innovation? Can countries reduce the risks of digital divide? What have been the roles of government and private sectors? What lessons can be learned  for countries at different levels of development?

Featuring contributions from country experts, the editors and authors provide in-depth case studies of ICT deployment in Singapore, Finland, the Philippines, and South Africa, and asses the progress of such efforts.  The result is an essential resource for academic researchers, policy analysts, policymakers, and industry leaders interested in the role of ICT in national development, innovation, and economic growth.

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Format: Hardcover
Written by Professor Nicolau Reinhard of the University of São Paulo, this review was published in the African Journal of Information and Communication issue No. 12 (2011-2012), pp 165-168. It covers both this book and its companion volume (the latter dealing with Brazil, China, Canada and Sri Lanka).

Introductory paragraph: "These two books, compiled and edited by Nagy Hanna and Peter Knight, represent a welcome contribution to the ICT and development literature. The editors, seasoned executives of international development aid programmes, with the help of associated authors more familiar with individual countries' specificities, propose a comprehensive and practical framework for the analysis and management of e-transformation programmes. The unfortunately still-growing number of large, unsuccessful national ICT initiatives only increases the need for this type of book."

From final paragraph: "... the books also contribute to theory building. They therefore extend their usefulness beyond the reader's interest in specific countries, and lead to a deeper understanding of the complexities of the subject. ICT and development policymakers, government officials in charge of implementation, development programme sponsors and evaluators alike should find in these books useful conceptual frameworks and actionable guidelines for their activities."
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