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A holistic perspective on the theoretical foundations for ICT4D research
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden; Department of Information Systems, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway;.
Department of Information Systems, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
Department of Information Systems, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
2019 (English)In: Information Technology for Development, ISSN 0268-1102, E-ISSN 1554-0170, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 7-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While many theories have guided research Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), we are yet to construct a clear and coherent narrative that would help us answer the question of how ICT fosters development in underdeveloped communities. In this paper, we argue that one of the main reasons for this is that our holistic understanding of ICT4D is seldom grounded in theories to understand the core areas that define the field, namely, ICT, Development, and, ‘4’ which are the transformative processes that link the two. Through a brief literature review, we list theories that have informed ICT4D research in each of these areas. We present examples of theories, namely, Capability Approach, Affordances, and Actor-Network Theory together with Social Capital and illustrate how we have used them in our research. Building on this holistic perspective on theoretical foundation, we propose five agendas for ICT4D research.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 25, no 1, p. 7-25
Keywords [en]
ICT4D, development, capability approach, actor network theory, social capital, affordances
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68630DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2018.1503589ISI: 000462094300002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052150834OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-68630DiVA, id: diva2:1243087
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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