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Testing a recent model of ICT in development: Botswana and its university

Gerhan, David; Mutula, Stephen

Abstract:
A recent model analyzing the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in development shows promise. The model coheres with theory on contingency, the problem of reductionism, and distinctions between deeply and shallowly inscribed organizational change arising from ICT. Conditions of e-readiness at the University of Botswana provide an opportune case study for the model. On the whole the original model holds up well, although the case study reveals relevant factors missed by the model: underlying support infrastructure and postimplementation growth in demand. Accordingly, the authors define an explicit role for time in the model and add a major new dimension of financial sustainability. These additions equip the model to better account for realities affecting ICT's role in development. Further research needs include case and cross-case studies of the revised model.

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Document Title: Testing a recent model of ICT in development: Botswana and its university
Journal: Information Technology for Development
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
No. of Pages: 177-197


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Botswana
Keywords:Information & Communication Technology ICT, University of Botswana, Models, Bandwidth, Case Study


Rights:Author has self-archived.
Date Added:03 December 2007


Gerhan, David; Mutula, Stephen (2007). Testing a recent model of ICT in development: Botswana and its university. Information Technology for Development 13(2): 177-197