From Public Loudspeakers to the Internet: The Adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by Small Enterprise Clusters in Vietnam

Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Abstract


This paper discusses the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the development of clusters of small export-orientated enterprises in the Red River Delta region of northern Vietnam. Using the cluster concept, it argues that the many dormant small-scale industry clusters found in developing countries could be transformed into more vibrant entities through the adoption of ICTs. The penetration of these technologies in the export-oriented and private-enterprise sector in the Delta was found to be quite significant. The paper discusses the implications of the empirical findings and suggests a reconsideration of policy issues concerning the adoption of ICTs to foster Vietnam’s economic development.

Keywords


Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); Development; Vietnam; Economic Development

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