William Wresch

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While e-commerce would seem to be a unique opportunity for poor countries with limited local markets to sell goods to richer nations, limited research is available on the current status of e-commerce efforts in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This study reviewed the efforts of the nine countries identified by the UNDP as having the least technological(More)
Studies summarized by the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development show that companies in developing countries face problems executing e-commerce strategies. To determine which barriers might be transitional and which might be persistent, a longitudinal study was conducted of companies in five Caribbean countries. Interviews were conducted with 23(More)
This paper examines evolving technological capabilities in developing countries. Counts of web sites indicate that some progress is being made in some of the world’s poorest countries, but the numbers show even with this progress, the gap between developed and developing countries is actually growing. So has there been progress in closing the global digital(More)
Every information channel within Africa is restricted. Limited budgets cause televison stations to produce few shows of their own and to fill airtime with cheap American imports -imports that are often at odds with local cultural values. Book production is complicated by high production costs. The computer database industry is miniscule by US standards. The(More)
Electronic commerce represents an important opportunity for businesses in developing countries, yet previous research has shown significant barriers to success. Common barriers are internet access, web hosting, web site visibility, logistics, and electronic funds transfer. During July and August 2004 the principle investigators visited business executives(More)