Diffusion of Information Technologies

James W. Cortada

in The Digital Flood

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199921553
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980406 | DOI:
Diffusion of Information Technologies

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This chapter describes the patterns of diffusion and adoption that occurred with computers and other forms of information technologies around the world from the start of the 1940s to the present by comparing and contrasting events and practices in North America, all of Europe, and all of Asia. It also provides composite data on global adoptions of IT. It summarizes why and how computers spread so quickly around the world, accounting for over 80 percent of all adoptions worldwide. It addresses the implications of this book’s findings for economists, business leaders, historians, and public officials. It sets global experiences within the context of Wave One and Wave Two computing.

Keywords: diffusion; information technologies; economics of computing; adoption of computers; Wave One; Wave Two; Asia; United States; Europe; economic policies

Chapter.  14231 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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