The Digital Economy: Business Organization, Production Processes and Regional Developments

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-02-26
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The book provides an up-to-date account of the technologies, organizations, and dynamics which constitute the digital economy, and assesses the impacts they have on regions and communities.

Author Biography

Edward J. Malecki is Professor of Geography at The Ohio State University. He is author of over 100 published papers, and of Technology and Economic Development (1997) and Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Bruno Moriset is Associate Professor and Research Director in the department of Geography and Planning at the University of Lyon - Jean Moulin in France. His research focuses notably on the link between information technologies and regional development.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
List of boxesp. x
Abbreviationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introduction: The digital economy and the splintering of economic spacep. 1
Splintered, yet connectedp. 1
Structure of the bookp. 8
Information technologies and the ˘new economy÷ debatep. 13
The economy of digitized informationp. 13
The new economy debate and the productivity paradoxp. 17
The latest wave: IT and the Fifth Kondratieffp. 25
A knowledge economy: more than ITp. 28
Conclusionsp. 34
Where local meets global: the rise of the digital networkp. 36
Emergency of a worldwide, integrated networkp. 39
The economic geography of long distance, broadband infrastructuresp. 44
Local broadband: the enabler of the digital economyp. 55
Conclusion: does broadband matter?p. 61
Digital production and business organizationsp. 63
Mastering complexity with information technologyp. 63
Network-centric firms or virtual enterprises?p. 73
Global networks of modular production and the supply chain issuep. 80
Conclusionp. 91
The multiscale geographies of electronic commerce and electronic financep. 93
E-commerce: concepts and definitionsp. 93
Business-to-business (BtoB) e-commercep. 96
The mediocre success of e-retailp. 101
Electronic finance: globality vs place-embeddednessp. 112
Conclusionp. 118
Splintering the economic space: the offshoring of corporate servicesp. 119
Offshoring strategy: benefits, risks, organizationp. 120
The breadth and diversity of a new global industryp. 128
Offshoring measurement and consequences: a controversial subjectp. 132
The geography of service offshoringp. 136
A focus on Indiap. 142
Conclusion: will IT services and ITES go back to home countries?p. 147
Telework/telecommuting: time and space flexibilities in work and business organizationp. 150
A ˘multifaceted÷ concept which confounds analysisp. 151
The pros and cons of teleworkp. 156
Telework in practicep. 160
The energy and urban issues of teleworkp. 167
Conclusionp. 172
The paradox of a ˘double-edged geography÷: local ecosystems of the digital economyp. 174
Space and scales in a digital economy: ˘shaking hands÷ vs electronic transactionsp. 175
The worldwide evolution of the Silicon Valley modelp. 180
The emergence of new ecosystems of digital industriesp. 189
Conclusionsp. 197
Peripheral regions and the ˘digital divide÷p. 199
The digital economy challenge for rural and industrial communitiesp. 200
IT-enabled rural service firms, or ˘lone eagles and high fliers÷p. 204
The digital divide in developing countriesp. 208
Conclusionp. 216
Epilogue: the distortion of economic space in a ˘postmodern÷ erap. 218
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 259
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