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Leveraging the Global Information Revolution for Economic Development: Singapore's Evolving Information Industry Strategy


  • Poh-Kam Wong

    (Centre for Management of Technology, Graduate School of Business, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119260)


Despite her small size and late industrialization, Singapore has managed to capture a significant share of the global information industry over the last three decades. This paper analyzed the structure and growth dynamics of Singapore's information industries using an analytical framework that integrates the four key components of an information economy: ICT goods industry, content industry, network infrastructure, and informatization. The paper identifies four generic stages in the development path of Singapore's information economy and highlights policy implications for other small, open economies.

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  • Poh-Kam Wong, 1998. "Leveraging the Global Information Revolution for Economic Development: Singapore's Evolving Information Industry Strategy," Information Systems Research, INFORMS, vol. 9(4), pages 323-341, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orisre:v:9:y:1998:i:4:p:323-341
    DOI: 10.1287/isre.9.4.323

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    1. Engelbrecht, Hans-Jurgen, 1986. "From newly industrialising to newly informatising country: The primary information sector of the Republic of Korea 1975-1980," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 2(3), pages 169-194, September.
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    1. B B M Shao & W S Shu, 2004. "Productivity breakdown of the information and computing technology industries across countries," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, vol. 55(1), pages 23-33, January.
    2. Kshetri, Nir, 2017. "The evolution of the internet of things industry and market in China: An interplay of institutions, demands and supply," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 49-67.


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