Information Technology Diffusion in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives on Policy, Electronic Commerce and Education

Information Technology Diffusion in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives on Policy, Electronic Commerce and Education

P. Scott Corbett, Felix B. Tan (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and Yuk-Yong Wong
Projected Release Date: January, 1999|Copyright: © 1999 |Pages: 392
ISBN13: 9781878289483|ISBN10: 1878289489|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-87828-948-3


In the last decade, information technology (IT) has advanced so rapidly and its impact has become so pervasive that it is necessary to revisit the issues and challenges arising from its diffusion and application. According to a recent United Nations report, the increase in power and functionality of IT coupled with decreasing prices have contributed to rapid IT adoption and use in both developed countries and newly industrialized nations of the Asia Pacific. This Region includes some of the fastest growing economies in the world and may become the largest sector of the world economy in the near future. During this time, the roles and impact of IT will be crucial to its nations. This book provides essential reading on IT diffusion in leading countries of the Asia Pacific. By focusing on some of the different applications and implications of IT in these nations, this book contributes to the "rounding of the Globe".

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Scott P. Corbett received his BA and MA degrees from Kent State University majoring in Modern Chinese history. His Ph.D. was earned at the University of Kansas in American diplomatic history with a focus on American-East Asian relations. In 1987 he published Quiet Passages: The Exchange of Civilians between the United States and Japan during the Second World War. Since then he has published a number of articles on topics ranging from the Chinese immigrants in the United States, the U.S.-Philippine War, to American relations with Laos in the 1970s. More recently his interests have turned to the issue of technology transfers between the Asian and western worlds and the computerization of Asia. He teaches at Oxnard College in California having formerly been a Lecturer at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and a Foreign Expert at the Foreign Studies University of Beijing (Bei Wai).
Felix B Tan is Professor of Information Systems and Chair of Business Information Systems discipline at Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand). He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Information Management. He is on the Executive Council and is Fellow of the Information Resources Management Association. He was also on the Council of the Association for Information System between 2003-2005. Dr. Tan’s current research interests are in electronic commerce, global information management, business-IT alignment, and the management of IT. Dr. Tan has published in MIS Quarterly, Information & Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Personal Communications, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, as well as other journals and refereed conference proceedings. Dr. Tan has over 25 years experience in information systems management and consulting with large multinationals, as well as university teaching and research in Singapore, Canada, and New Zealand.
Yuk-Yong Wong lectures in the Geography Department, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She graduated from the University of Malaya in 1985. She left for higher education in the United Kingdom in the following year. After gaining both Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool, she left UK to work in Singapore. Her current interests include educational change and the impact of IT on teacher education, especially in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.