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Title: Institutions, state-society relations, and the development of the information technology industry : Hong Kong and Singapore
Author: Cheung, K. C. C.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2010
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The institutions on which this project focuses are state institutions, namely, the organisation of power of the state and the governing regime and social institutions, namely the shared social meanings and perceptions. The main research question is how such state-society relations impact on the development trajectory of the IT industry of a place. It introduces a combined use of the historical and sociological institutional approaches to analyse the findings from two empirical case studies, namely, the development of the IT industry of Hong Kong and Singapore. These two city-states are chosen owing to their similarities in cultural and colonial backgrounds and their stark differences in political and social institutions.106 in-depth interviews with IT policy makers, firm owners, practitioners and other important IT players have been conducted in Hong Kong and Singapore in order to gauge the interaction between institutions and actors in the state and society. My case studies illustrate how social and state actors respond to the state and social institutions; and illuminates how such responses can affect their attitudes at work. The findings of these case studies suggest these actors’ attitudes can directly impact on the making of IT policy and influence the development path of the IT industry. This dissertation proposes the following argument. State institutions can directly determine the state autonomy and capacity to reallocate financial and human resources in industrial development and the effectiveness of the IT industrial policy. These state institutions also engender certain kinds of social institutional environments and shape the nature of the state-society relations. Such state-society relations influence actors’ innovative behaviour at work which ultimately conditions the development trajectory of the IT industry of a place.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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