On facilitating regional integration and economic development with collaborative technologies in the South Pacific

Prasad, Acklesh, Finau, Glen, Samuwai, Jale, Prasad, Biman, & Green, Peter (2013) On facilitating regional integration and economic development with collaborative technologies in the South Pacific. Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 5(2), pp. 23-37.

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The current global economic instability and the vulnerability of small island nations are providing the impetus for greater integration between the countries of the South Pacific region. This exercise is critical for their survival in today’s turbulent economic environment. Past efforts of regional integration in the South Pacific have not been very successful. Reasons attributed to this outcome include issues related to damage of sovereignty, and lack of a shared integration infrastructure. Today, the IT resources with collaborative capacities provide the opportunity to develop a shared IT infrastructure to facilitate integration in the South Pacific. In an attempt to develop a model of regional integration with an IT-backed infrastructure, we identify and report on the antecedents of the current stage of regional integration, and the stakeholders’ perceived benefits of an IT resources backed regional integration in the South Pacific. Employing a case study based approach, the study finds that while most stakeholders were positive about the potential of IT-backed regional integration, significant challenges exist that hinder the realisation of this model. The study finds that facilitating IT-backed regional integration requires enabling IT infrastructure, equitable IT development in the region, greater awareness on the potential of the modern IT resources, market liberalisation of the information and telecommunications sector and greater political support for IT initiatives.

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ID Code: 63387
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Regional integration, IT-backed regional integration, web 2.0 tools, cloud computing resources, developing economies, South Pacific, collaborative technologies, ICT4D
ISSN: 1943-7544
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Pacific Peoples Information and Knowledge Systems (080614)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Systems (150302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Electronic Commerce Research Center of the National Sun-Yat-Sen University
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2013 01:35
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 07:24

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