- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- The challenges of ICTs
- The ICT paradigm
- Markets and policies in new knowledge economies
- Globalization of the ICT labour force
- Productivity and ICTs: A review of the evidence
- Economic policy analysis and the internet: Coming to terms with a telecommunications anomaly
- Internet diffusion and the geography of the digital divide in the United States
- The economics of ICTs: Building blocks and implications
- On confronting some common myths of is strategy discourse
- Information technology sourcing: Fifteen years of learning
- ICT, organizations, and networks
- Information technology and the dynamics of organizational change
- Making sense of ICT, new media, and ethics
- Electronic networks, power, and democracy
- E‐democracy: The history and future of an idea
- Communicative entitlements and democracy: The future of the digital divide debate
- Governance and state organization in the digital era
- Privacy protection and ICT: Issues, instruments, and concepts
- Surveillance, power, and everyday life
- New media literacies: At the intersection of technical, cultural, and discursive knowledges
- Youthful experts? A critical appraisal of children's emerging internet literacy
- The interrelations between online and offline: Questions, issues, and implications
- ICTs and political movements
- ICTs and communities in the twentyfirst century: Challenges and perspectives
- ICTs and inequality: Net gains for women?
Abstract and Keywords
This article shows how, over the past four decades or so, the development strategies of the East-Asian nations interacted with the investment strategies of US-based ICT companies to generate a global supply of ICT labour. This process of developing a global ICT labour supply has entailed flows of US capital to East-Asian labour as well as flows of East-Asian labour to US capital. As a result new possibilities to pursue high-tech careers, and thereby develop their productive capabilities, have opened up to vast numbers of individuals in East-Asian nations. Many found the relevant educational programmes and work experience in their home countries. But many gained access to education and experience by following global career paths that included study and work in the US. For the East-Asian nations, the existence of these global career paths has posed a danger of ‘brain drain’: the global career path could come to an end in the US (or another advanced economy) rather than in the country where the individual had been born and bred.
William Lazonick is Professor and Director of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness and President of the Academic-Industry Research Network. His book, Sustainable Prosperity in the New Economy? Business Organization and High-tech Employment in the United States (Upjohn Institute 2009), won the 2010 Schumpeter Prize. His most recent book, co-edited with David Teece, is Management Innovation: Essays in the Spirit of Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. (Oxford University Press, 2012).
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