New paradigm of ICT productivity - Increasing role of un-captured GDP and growing anger of consumer

Watanabe C, Naveed K, & Zhao W (2015). New paradigm of ICT productivity - Increasing role of un-captured GDP and growing anger of consumer. Technology in Society 41: 21-44. DOI:10.1016/j.techsoc.2014.10.006.

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Abstract

The dramatic advancement of the Internet has led all nations to an information communication technology (ICT) driven development trajectory. This trajectory has resulted in bi-polarization between ICT growing economies and ICT advanced economies. While the former enjoys a virtuous cycle between ICT advancement and productivity increase, the later has fallen into a trap of a vicious cycle between ICT advancement and productivity decrease.

This paper identifies that this trap can be attributed to the two-faced nature of ICT in which advancement of ICT contributes to price increases due to functionality development while dramatic advancement of the Internet has resulted in price decreases due to freebies, easy copying and standardization.

Based on an empirical analysis of a customer preference shift from economic functionality to supra-functionality beyond economic value, this paper unveils the increasing conflict between captured GDP and un-captured GDP derived from the Internet advancement which promotes a freer culture, the consumption of which provides utility and happiness but cannot be captured through GDP data that measures revenue.

It was demonstrated that this conflict has led to an emerging growing anger of consumers which can be transformed into a springboard for new innovation leading to a trigger of innovation-consumption co-emergence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: New productivity paradox; ICT trap; Un-captured GDP; Supra-functionality; Consumers anger
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Bibliographic Reference: Technology in Society; 41:21-44 (May 2015) (Published online 4 December 2014)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 09:10
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11503

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