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AFRIK-IT  October 1997

AFRIK-IT October 1997

Subject:

Re: Globalization and its Effect on Developing Countries

From:

Kathryn TOURE <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Thu, 23 Oct 1997 13:48:51 +0100

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> De : Shawn Ballard <[log in to unmask]>
> A : [log in to unmask]
> Objet : Globalization and its Effect on Developing Countries
> Date : mercredi 22 octobre 1997 17:23
>
> Please find enclosed a cover letter and survey for a study I am
conducting
> in fulfillment of the requirements of the master's of Science in
> Information Systems program at Pennsylvania State University.
>
>
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>
>
> Survey Cover Letter
>
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>
>
>
> October 22, 1997
>
> Dear Fellow Professional:
>
> As an Information Science professional, you know that globalization is a
> trend that will effect every country in the world.  As information
> technology innovations bring the world together, it is feared that Less
> Developed Countries who can not afford or have not invested in
information
> technology may be left behind.
>
> In partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master's of Science in
> Information Systems program at Pennsylvania State University, I am
> conducting a research project on the topic of "The Effects of
Globalization
> on Developing Countries:  Will They be left Behind?".  The purpose of his
> study is to identify key issues related to globalization and information
> technology in Developing Countries, as to how globalization will effect
> Developing Countries.
>
> I am very interested in hearing from you about your perceptions on how
> globalization and information technologies are effecting and will effect
> developing countries.  I would like you to complete the attached survey
to
> gain your views about this exciting topic.   Ianticipate the completion
of
> the questionnaire will only take 15-20 minutes of your time.  If you
decide
> to help by participating in this study, all responses will be strictly
> confidential and nowhere in the study will your identity or your
> organization's be made known.  Any information provided you will be
> compiled in a summary data report thus protecting your identity.  Your
> participation is completely voluntary.  You may withdraw from the study
at
> any time or decline to answer any specific questions.
>
> Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my letter.  If perhaps
you
> feel that a fellow colleague may have insight or interest in this topic,
> please feel free to pass my letter on to that person.  Please feel free
to
> contact me at my e-mail address or by telephone if you have any
questions.
>
> I thank you in advance for your time and participation in this study.
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
> Shawn E.  Ballard
>
> Graduate Student
> Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg
> 616 Cambridge Court
> Palmyra, PA 17078
> 717-832-0626
> E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>
>
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>
>
>
> Survey Questionnaire
>
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>
>
>
>
> The Effects of Globalization on Developing Countries
>
> The purpose of this survey is to identify and assess the perceptions that
> Information Science Professionals around the world have relating to how
> Developing Countries will be effected by the worldwide trend of
> Globalization.
>
> Part 1:  Demographic Information
>
> Please select the response from the following statements that most
closely
> reflects your experiences.
>
> 1.  Gender (Choose one)

female

>         (Male, Female)
>
> 2.  Age  (Choose one)
31-40
>
> 3.  Are you originally from a Developing Country? (Choose one)
>         (Yes, No)
no

>
> 4.  Do you currently live in a Developing Country? (Choose one)
>         (Yes, No)
yes
>
> 5.  What is your highest level of education? (Choose one)
>         (High School, BA/BS, Master's Degree, Ph.D., Doctorate, Other)
BA/BS +
>
> 6.  What was concentration of study? (Choose one)
>         (Science, Liberal Arts, Other)
Political Science
>
> 7.  Did you study in a Developing Country? (Check one)
>         (Yes, No)
yes
>
> Part II:  Perceptions of Information Technology in Developing Countries
>
> Please indicate the importance of each of the following statements
> regarding your perception of information technology in Developing
> Countries.
>
> Please use the following scale to answer the following questions (8-21):
>
> 1 = Strongly Agree
> 2 = Agree
> 3 = Neutral
> 4 = disagree
> 5 = Strongly disagree
>
> 8.  Developing Countries should invest more resources in Information
> Technology.

2

>
> 9.  Developing Countries need to Invest in Information Technologies to
> become Newly Industrialized Countries.

2

>
> 10. Governments in Developing Countries understand the importance of
> Information Technologies

4

>
> 11. Developing Countries lack adequate training programs in Information
> Science fields.

2

>
> 12. Developing Countries lack adequate resources for training Information
> Science professionals.

4

>
> 13. Developed Countries should give more aid to Developing Countries to
> help them build Information Infrastructures.

4

>
> 14. Developing Countries lack an adequate number of Information Science
> professionals.

4

>
> 15. Citizens in Developing Countries adapt well to change.



>
> 16. If Developing Countries do not invest in IT, the gap between them and
> Developed Countries will widen.

2

>
> 17. Developing Countries will be able to create more jobs by investing in
> Information Technologies.

2

>
> 18. The existing Information Science professionals in Developing
Countries
> need to encourage IT investment.

2

>
> 19. Governments in Developing Countries are unaware of the benefits
> Information Technology can provide.

4

>
> 20. Developing Countries should invest in basic needs such as food and
> healthcare before investing in IT.

4

>
> 21. There are more important things to worry about in Developing
Countries
> than investing in IT.

4

>
>

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