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Disputas: Reduserer IKT-bruk byråkratiet?

Muhajir A. Kachwamba disputerer 28. oktober 2013 med en avhandling der han har studert hvordan IKT brukt til eGovernment via internett kan redusere byråkratiske hindre for utenlandske investeringer.

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Muhajir A. Kachwamba har fulgt ph.d-programmet ved UiAs Fakultet for økonomi og samfunnsvitenskap, med spesialisering i International Management.

Han har hatt finansiering gjennom NUFU-prosjektet (The Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education – NUFUGovernance, Gender and Scientific Quality (GGSQ) ved UiA og Mzumbe University i Tanzania.

Slik beskriver kandidaten selv essensen i avhandlingen:ICT For Good Governance

Numerous studies have documented the importance of ICT in reducing the transaction costs that occur between firms (B2B). However, less is known about how ICT can reduce the transaction costs that occur when firms and governments interact. This thesis seeks to bridge the knowledge gap by using data from African countries. It examines the role of ICT in reducing the ex-ante transaction costs faced by foreign investors. In particular, it focuses on the role of ICT adoption in the government sector in reducing information and regulatory bureaucratic costs encountered by foreign investors when screening and establishing FDI projects.

            The thesis focuses on three main research questions: (1) How does the government, through Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), utilize e-government services to reduce information and regulatory bureaucratic costs facing foreign investors? (2) To what extent does actual Internet-based information provided by IPAs meet the expected information needs of foreign investors in FDI location decision making? (3) To what extent does e-government impact on ex-ante transaction costs facing foreign investors relate to FDI inflows? The thesis addresses these questions through a gradual research process with mixed methods. 

            Main findings indicated that Internet-based information provided by government agencies, such as Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), is both useful and valuable to foreign investors. However, results from case studies indicated that while variety of information was accessible via the Internet; some necessary information on industry competitiveness, competitors’ market positioning and labour costs could not be found within IPA’s websites. Quantitative findings from cross-country panel data indicated that countries with a higher level of e-government tend to have fewer regulatory bureaucratic costs in business start-ups; and countries with higher levels of e-government adoption were associated with more FDI inflows.

 

Disputasfakta:

 

Kandidaten: Muhajir Abbakary Kachwamba, født 1973, PhD fellow since 2008 and former masters student at UiA from 2005 to 2007. Doctoral studies have been funded by the University of Agder and Mzumbe University through NUFU project.

 

Prøveforelesning og disputas finner sted i B1-006 Arne Garborgs auditorium, UiA Campus Kristiansand.

Finn fram: Gå inn hovedinngangen, sving til høyre innover Vilhelm Krags hall, så ligger B-1006 på høyre hånd.

 Dekan Sigbjørn Sødal leder disputasen.

 

Tid for prøveforelesning: 28. oktober 2013 kl 10:15

 

Oppgitt emne for prøveforelesning: “Current Issues in FDI towards Developing Countries”

 

Tid for disputas: 28. oktober 2013 kl 12:15

 

Tittel på avhandling: “The Adoption of ICT in the Government Sector and its Impact on Ex-ante Transaction Costs of Doing Business and FDI Inflows”

Les avhandlingen i AURA - Agder University Research Archive, som er et digitalt arkiv for vitenskapelige artikler, avhandlinger og masteroppgaver fra ansatte og studenter ved Universitetet i Agder.

 

Opponenter:

Førsteopponent: Professor Åke Grönlund, Örebro universitets School of Business, Sverige

Annenopponent: Dr. Rian Drogendijk, Uppsala universitet, Sverige

Bedømmelseskomitéen har vært ledet av førsteamanuensis Rotem Shneor, Institutt for økonomi, UiA

 

Veiledere i doktorgradsarbeidet var førsteamanuensis Øystein Sæbø Institutt for informasjonssystemer, UiA og professor Gabriel Benito, Handelshøyskolen BI.