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The Global, the Local, and the Disembedded

Chrisanthi Avgerou

in Information Systems and Global Diversity

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199263424
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191714252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263424.003.0005
 The Global, the Local, and the Disembedded

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This chapter traces the root of diversity confronting information systems innovation in the unfolding processes of globalization. It starts from the concept of globalization as the shrinking of time and distance, which directly implicates ICT. It then explores globalization as a multi-dimensional phenomenon comprising changes in economic, political, and cultural activities. While the extent to which the discernible trends in each of them increase or decrease diversity across the globe may be a matter of debate, it is shown that globalization is much more multifaceted than the notion of global competitive markets, to which information systems studies tend to be restricted, suggest. Taken together, the multiple facets of contemporary globalization reveal a much more variable organizational context. The extent of the variability is confirmed by a look at the current state of the global economy, which is grossly uneven.

Keywords: economic globalization; political globalization; cultural globalization; homogenization; diversity; information systems innovation

Chapter.  11463 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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