Analysis of Information and Communications Technology Adoption between Small Businesses in China and the United States

ABSTRACT: This paper reports on two case studies, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) adoption among small businesses conducted in both United States and China. One small business from Nebraska (United States of America) and one small business from Sichuan (China) were chosen for comparison. The purpose of this paper is to conduct a comparative case study based on the ICT adoption among small businesses in China and the United States. This paper will: (i) build an understanding of small business ICT in both areas, (ii) explore the relationship between the ICT development in less cutting-edge areas of China and the United States. The result shows that small business in the United States use more advanced ICT than China due to several factors. This study paves the way for the future comparisons to be conducted between California and Zhejiang. Also, this study contributes to and extends the understanding of how information is the driving force behind economic growth in both developing and developed countries.

Keywords: Information and Communication Technologies, Economic growth, ICT programs, small business

Information technology for development research: are we investigating new phenomena or well-known facts?

ABSTRACT: The paragraph describing Diego Navarra’s paper in the Editorial for Volume 16 Issue 2 should have read as follows: Diego Navarra’s paper entitled “The Architecture of Global ICT Programs: A Case Study of E-Governance in Jordan” is the third paper in this issue. The focus of this paper is on e-governance policy initiatives in Jordan as a case study of the architecture of ICT programs and of the global transformation of government. In this paper, the concept of global ICT programs are defined as programs that include the development and use of portals, interactive applications and also other ICT programs which aim at providing electronic government services to citizens. The question this paper investigates is what are the assumptions upon which the evaluation of the recent trends of ICT programs and initiatives should be based? Following analysis of electronic governance in Jordan, this paper concludes that by addressing these issues as in the context of broader government objectives, global ICT programs could cater for a more inter-disciplinary policy direction of future e-governance initiatives. This could also assist in evaluating the extent to which the architecture of global ICT programs can contribute to the ambitious targets set by the Millennium Development Goals

Keywords: e-governance policy, ICT programs, electronic government services, e-governance initiative