Analyzing ICT and development: Thailand's path to the information economy

Angsana A. Techatassanasoontorn, Haiyan Huang, Eileen M. Trauth, Suwan Juntiwasarakij

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This study uses Trauth's (2000) Influence-Impact Model as a sensitizing device to examine the influence of four key socio-cultural factors -policy, infrastructure, economy, and culture-on information economy development efforts in Thailand. Our assessment shows that progress has been made but gaps remain. Thailand's infrastructure challenges include unequal development across regions, a small skilled workforce, and low R&D expenditures in the ICT sector. Future economic growth of Thailand will depend on an increase in investments and improvement in technology and innovation. The authors' cultural analysis reinforces the need to develop a synergy between Thai cultural systems and development needs. To highlight strategies that Thailand might follow, the authors compare their findings to the lessons learned from the case of Ireland, India, and China. These include facilitating ICT sector work, ensuring a supply of qualified workers, exploiting the country's distinctive capacities, and reconfiguring policy to adapt to changes in the global ICT market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Global Information Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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