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Barriers of IT Diffusion in China

Barriers of IT Diffusion in China
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Author(s): Hongjun Xu (University of Technology, Australia) and Xiangjian He (University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch205
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Major restructuring of all Information Technology and Telecommunications businesses in China grows rapidly over the past 10 years. China government realizes the important role of Information Technology in the national economy and makes lots of effort and investment in the IT industry. However, the current situation and results show the fact that there are still many big barriers in this field. These barriers are not only involved with the national policy, but also with the social and physical infrastructure of IT. The paper is designed to find all these barriers we could find currently in China that prevent healthy and quick diffusion of information technology. Firstly, the paper is trying to give an analysis of barriers of IT diffusion in the policy issue, especially the monopoly of China telecom in the IT industry. Secondly, the paper is taking two perspective views towards the IT barriers, according to Kling’s terminology, physical infrastructure and social infrastructure. In the case of physical infrastructure, the paper mainly discussed issues of outdated mainframes, the fallibility of circuitry and system, current Internet Service and the import of information products. In the case of social infrastructure, the paper searches the barriers in intellectual property, immature of the market, education level, insufficient investment on the development of IT, and imbalance of the development between urban and rural Areas. Finally, the paper makes some specific recommendations relevant to the barriers discussed in the first two parts.

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