Classification of countries based on ICT infrastructure, skills and growth: The role of ICT capacity in emerging economies

Mehruz Kamal, Sajda Qureshi

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Abstract

It is generally accepted that the capacity of a country's information and communication technology capability can potentially bring about development. While this has been true in some countries, the same benefits to economic development from ICT infrastructures have not accrued in other countries. This is particularly the case with emerging economies as their populations with low to middle capita incomes are particularly susceptible to opportunities and risks brought about by ICTs. There is still much to be known about why this is the case. This paper makes a contribution in that direction by classifying a set of countries based on their ICT infrastructures, skills and growth rates. It analyzes a dataset of 183 countries using a k-Means multivariate clustering technique to arrive at a classification of countries. A comparative analysis of the clusters revealed that ICT infrastructure and skills are interrelated and comprise ICT capacity. The analysis suggests that economic growth does not always follow the existence of ICT capacity in emerging economies but skills do effect their ability to grow from their ICT infrastructures. The clusters were mapped based on their ICT capacity and growth to highlight the differences in their ICT capacity. The contribution of the paper is in the development of the ICT Capacity construct and in uncovering two types of emerging economies with two different levels of ICT capacity. This has implications for further investigation of how ICT infrastructures are used to develop and source skills from emerging economies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Pages3201-3211
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2009
Event15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2009Aug 9 2009

Publication series

Name15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Volume5

Conference

Conference15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period8/6/098/9/09

Keywords

  • Economic development
  • Emerging economies
  • Information and Communication Technology capacity
  • Networks
  • Skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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