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Strategic Policy Benchmarking for Technological Development: The IT Cases of Zimbabwe and Botswana

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Focusing on Zimbabwe and Botswana, this comparative case study is an application of the developmental state paradigm in relation to IT and other forms of knowledge-based economic development. The first section of the paper provides analyses of key characteristics of developmental states with respect to IT policies and culture. Section two accentuates the imperative and the opportunities for development with broad-based IT adoption. The final section, based on original field research, evaluates governmental, corporate, and civic organizational policies and cultures concerning IT in Zimbabwe and Botswana against those policies and cultures that embody enabling environments in developmental states. In the end, propositions concerning IT and development are stated for refining and testing as well as for informing future public policy in Southern Africa and other underdeveloped regions.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 43606-3390, U.S.A.


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