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While research in Information Systems recognizes the importance of Information Technology in a global context, it continues to focus on a narrow view of IT adoption. In recognizing that the majority of innovations in IT are taking place in developing countries, it is important to find out what research is being undertaken to understand the effects of the different technologies on development outcomes. This paper conducts a cluster analysis of 214 papers from the SigGlobDev Workshop, the Information Technology for Development Journal and other Information Systems Journals and conferences which have published papers in Information Systems and Global Development. This analysis throws light on the ways in which research is being undertaken in this area. The contribution of this paper lies in identifying the key areas in which Information Systems research is addressing the ways that development outcomes are or are not being addressed, and it highlights areas that still need to be investigated.


Published in Proceedings of the SIG GlobDev Seventh Annual Workshop, Auckland, New Zealand. December 14, 2014.

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