Policy Initiatives in Jamaica and their Impact on the Development of ICT

Policy Initiatives in Jamaica and their Impact on the Development of ICT

Sheryl Thompson (Lancaster University Management School, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-654-9.ch016
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Abstract

The chapter explores the diffusion of information and communications technology (ICT) in the country of Jamaica, and within the context of the national strategic plan for information technology. Further it utilizes the concept of institutional intervention to discuss some policies and initiatives undertaken in support of the plan. Within this framework, the impacts of managed interventions via collaborative projects between government and international agencies on the adoption of Internet technologies by small and medium-sized enterprises are also examined. The aim of the authors is to indicate that as far as developing countries are concerned, governments can affect the diffusion and adoption of ICT through policymaking but more positive outcomes can be realized through managed interventions.

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