The Evolution of ICT Institutions in Thailand and Malaysia

Nicholas Maynard (RAND Corporation, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 67
EISBN13: 9781609603144|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-609-4.ch002
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Abstract

A country’s national technology strategies can be an important contributor to economic development through its support of technology adoption and by advancing the national technology capacity. The development of a domestic information and communications technology (ICT) sector within a developing country requires the creation of specialized institutions that carefully coordinate their initiatives with the private sector. This case study research of Thai and Malaysian science and technology (S&T) institutions shows that this institutional and policy reform process is directly influenced by regional activities, as countries seek to match their regional peers for technology development. This effort to support ICT utilization requires governments to rapidly alter their policy goals and initiatives in response to shifts in technologies, global market demand, international investment, and local workforce capabilities.
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