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ICT4D research – Literature review and conflict perspective

Chipidza, Wallace and Leidner, Dorothy LU (2017) 23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems 2017-August.
Abstract

ICTs can positively influence development outcomes. However, ICT4D projects have achieved limited success in achieving their development objectives. In this study, we conduct a literature review of ICT4D studies conducted over the period 2006 - 2016. We find that theory linking ICT use and development impact is lacking, and that mobile devices might offer high positive impact possibilities than personal computers. We also find that studies characterize development in different ways: 1) development as expanded digital inclusion, 2) development as increased economic productivity, 3) development as expanded freedom, and 4) development as increased well-being. Across these development perspectives, however, conflict among stakeholders... (More)

ICTs can positively influence development outcomes. However, ICT4D projects have achieved limited success in achieving their development objectives. In this study, we conduct a literature review of ICT4D studies conducted over the period 2006 - 2016. We find that theory linking ICT use and development impact is lacking, and that mobile devices might offer high positive impact possibilities than personal computers. We also find that studies characterize development in different ways: 1) development as expanded digital inclusion, 2) development as increased economic productivity, 3) development as expanded freedom, and 4) development as increased well-being. Across these development perspectives, however, conflict among stakeholders impacts development outcomes. By examining the literature under the lens of postcolonial theory, we find that power asymmetry among stakeholders might increase the resource dependency of beneficiary communities on donors, and might lead to the former resisting further ICT interventions.

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Capabilities approach, Conflict theory, Digital inclusion, ICT4D, Literature review, Post-colonial theory
host publication
AMCIS 2017 - America's Conference on Information Systems
volume
2017-August
publisher
Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
conference name
23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems
conference location
Boston, United States
conference dates
2017-08-10 - 2017-08-12
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  • scopus:85048421221
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9780996683142
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English
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