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Information Systems and Global Diversity$
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Chrisanthi Avgerou

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263424.001.0001

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The Global, the Local, and the Disembedded

The Global, the Local, and the Disembedded

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Information Systems and Global Diversity

Chrisanthi Avgerou (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the root of diversity confronting information systems innovation in the unfolding processes of globalization. It starts from the concept of globalization as the shrinking of time and distance, which directly implicates ICT. It then explores globalization as a multi-dimensional phenomenon comprising changes in economic, political, and cultural activities. While the extent to which the discernible trends in each of them increase or decrease diversity across the globe may be a matter of debate, it is shown that globalization is much more multifaceted than the notion of global competitive markets, to which information systems studies tend to be restricted, suggest. Taken together, the multiple facets of contemporary globalization reveal a much more variable organizational context. The extent of the variability is confirmed by a look at the current state of the global economy, which is grossly uneven.

Keywords:   economic globalization, political globalization, cultural globalization, homogenization, diversity, information systems innovation

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