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Telecommunications Regulation, Regulatory Behavior and its Impact A Systems View


  • John DAVIES

    (Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

  • Bronwyn HOWELL

    (Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

  • Victoria MABIN

    (Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)


This paper examines the case of telecommunications sector regulation in New Zealand, and does so by providing a constructive illustration of the mutually informing use of systems methodologies and alternative systems representational tools as a means of building understanding of the dilemmas faced by regulators. In doing so, the paper not only seeks to provide a means of providing an appropriate decision-making platform for regulatory and industry decision makers, but also complements other work that seeks to harness the use of systems methodologies in addressing problematic situations. The paper highlights the importance of regulators distinguishing between the short-term 'local' outcomes that arise from their actions, and the systems behaviour that may be described as the unpredictable or unanticipated 'emergent' properties of the system that evolve over time.

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  • John DAVIES & Bronwyn HOWELL & Victoria MABIN, 2008. "Telecommunications Regulation, Regulatory Behavior and its Impact A Systems View," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(70), pages 145-168, 2nd quart.
  • Handle: RePEc:idt:journl:cs7007

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    1. Robert S. Pindyck, 2005. "Pricing Capital Under Mandatory Unbundling and Facilities Sharing," NBER Working Papers 11225, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    Cited by:

    1. McDonough, Carol C., 2013. "Consumer demand for fixed and mobile broadband," 24th European Regional ITS Conference, Florence 2013 88485, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
    2. Casey, Thomas R. & Töyli, Juuso, 2012. "Mobile voice diffusion and service competition: A system dynamic analysis of regulatory policy," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 162-174.
    3. Covadonga Gijón Tascón & Teresa Garín-Muñoz, & Teodosio Pérez-Amaral, 2012. "Satisfaction and protection of individual mobile telecommunications consumers," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE 2012-21, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.
    4. Arturo Basaure & Varadharajan Sridhar & Heikki Hämmäinen, 2016. "Adoption of dynamic spectrum access technologies: a system dynamics approach," Telecommunication Systems: Modelling, Analysis, Design and Management, Springer, vol. 63(2), pages 169-190, October.

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    Telecommunications; Regulation; Unbundling; Multi-methodology; Systems Thinking; Theory of Constraints; Causal Loop Diagrams; Systems Archetypes.;

    JEL classification:

    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • K20 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - General
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications


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