India and the Limits of Digital Diffusion

James W. Cortada

in The Digital Flood

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199921553
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980406 | DOI:
India and the Limits of Digital Diffusion

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India is the latest major adopter of computers. In the past twenty years it has become a hotbed of the international outsourcing and software development businesses. It is the most dramatic example of an economic export strategy based on services, not manufacturing. The Indian IT industry has experienced some of the most dramatic growth rates ever seen in the world. Yet it is an economy that has not embraced and used computers to the extent its export success would suggest. Why that is the case is a central issue discussed in this chapter. It reviews Indian experiences with the supply and demand sides of computing from the start of the 1950s to the present.

Keywords: India; information technologies; computers; telecommunications; outsourcing; Bangalore; Indian subcontinent; Tata; Infosys; Internet; IBM

Chapter.  25866 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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