Accession Number : ADP001460

Title :   Transferring Informatics Technology to Developing Countries: Report of Some Findings,

Corporate Author : IBM WORLD TRADE ASIA CORP (HONG KONG)

Personal Author(s) : Barquin,R. C.

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : This paper presents the results of research done on the transfer of computer technology to developing countries. The field work was done in Latin America in the early to middle part of the 1970s. By studying in detail the computer industry in Latin America and the process by which the technology is transferred, we can draw several conclusions about the process of technology transfer in general and about the transfer of systems technologies in particular. It was found that there are strong arguments for approaching the transfer of systems technologies to developing countries in a different manner from the transfer of other technologies. The role of technological gatekeepers was found to be crucial roles to play in the transfer of computer technology, but their orientation toward scientific computing detracted from their mission. Of the mechanisms for the transfer of computer technology, only education was found to be permanent and continuous.

Descriptors :   *Information processing, *Technology transfer, *Computers, *Developing nations, Information transfer, Industries, Systems engineering, Data management, Networks, Decision making, Universities, Political science, Sociology, Economic impact, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE